Daily Archives: December 9, 2008

What’s the problem with Whopper virgins?


Look, i know you could be forgiven for thinking this blog is actually CPB’s most brilliant pr idea ever, but really, what is the fuss about whopper virgins about?

Let me lay down the facts.  cpb went to remoter parts of the world and asked people who had never tasted a whopper their opinion of it was.   that is a great idea.  get undeniably honest reactions from unimpeachably independent sources.

i’m being slightly facetious of course.  i know what the problem is.  the ads upset some people by showing the truth that the vast majority of the world lives in abject not-ready-for-primetime poverty.  and juxtaposing this poverty with what could be construed as a symbol of american consumerist excess: the  BK whopper.

that’s how they see it.  they feel sympathy for people being treated to free burgers.

but you know who isn’t complaining?  the whopper virgins.  because the cold reality is that the whopper is a fine burger in any language.  foreign peasants  have taste buds too.  and it was probably a fun day when the funny americans came to their village and asked their opinion of the strange food.   they’ll be talking about that for years.

you know who the complainers should be worried about?  the people in the developing world that didn’t get a whopper.  and will never get a whopper.  and who will have very short and very hard whopper-free lives and probably needlessly die from malaria or some other easily treatable ailment.  and leave hungry and scared orphans behind them.

i can guarantee there’ll be no online chatter or outcry about that though.

Too hot for TV! Volume 2

This was yet another Whassup! exploration. This time we turned our sights on Hollywood culture. I think we did this one for the Oscars. And it would have been perfect. We ended up running something else on the Oscars. This one stung because it would have been perfect. It would still be perfect. We nailed Hollywood. Once again,  this spot was helmed by esteemed sopranos, sex and the city and Rome helmer:  Allen Coulter. Mike Colletta edited.

FUN FACT: Look for the guy with the white hair and toothy grin at the end. He was actually one of the producers of “The Player”, where he made a brief cameo role as a movie producer in his own movie. Here he once again played himself. He did it as a favor to the director.