By Wyatt Earp | May 1, 2009
Deutschland uber alles!
BERLIN – Berliners on the city’s main shopping drag, the “Ku’damm”, were greeted Thursday with an unusual sight: a giant mocked-up image of Chancellor Angela Merkel in a matching purple bra and knicker set.
The 100-metre-square (1,000-square-foot) image of the half-naked world leader is part of a nationwide advertising campaign for an underwear company aiming to cash in on the success of a “cash-for-clunkers” scheme for old cars.
Punters trading in their old underwear will get a five-euro (seven-dollar) discount on a new pair, the advert promises, under the slogan: “The country needs new undies.”
The electronic advert — on a busy road junction in the heart of former West Berlin — was certainly causing a stir on the streets, with scores of people taking snapshots of the billboard with cameras or mobile phones.
Merkel herself was tight-lipped on the subject. “The chancellor’s office does not want to comment on the campaign,” a spokesman told AFP. (H/T – )
Gee, I cannot imagine why not! Merkel should relax a little and realize that the ad is pretty funny. There’s no reason for her to get her panties in a bunch.
Thank you, I’ll be here all week! Try the schnitzel!