There are ways that primal human nature can be harnessed and used and they run a range from amusing to disturbing. Sex sells, we laugh when others embarrass themselves and hatred is a useful tool for ideological group cohesion.
What I did not know was that racism could be used to sell ice cream and mobile phones? Actually, I don't think it can be. So how do you explain the ice cream print ad (out of Russia) and the Nokia spot (Japan). Maybe it's not really advertising. Remember all of the propaganda that was inserted into early Looney Tunes cartoons? Perhaps this is just racism and political maligning that just happens to use advertising as it delivery mechanism. An international company like Nokia should know better. Totally unacceptable.
There is something else I find interesting about these pieces. The Russian ice cream ad, with its bright colors and rainbows is more reminiscent of Japanese illustration styles, while the Nokia spot feels darker, political and mocking, closer to what one would expect from the Russians.
Looney Tunes, Anti-Nazi Propaentertainment.
Via Allan Carl Jackson III via copyranter.