Monday, June 18, 2007

Coming in 2012: The Target® Freedom Tower.

(click photo for closer look)
If God's gonna scorch Earth
, Times Square is probably where he/she is gonna start; the disgusting glut of billboards is soul sapping. Speaking of deities (Allah) and souls (suicidal terrorists [I mean, suicide bombers]), does this particular Target board strike (heh, strike) anyone else as a bit too inviting? Maybe it's because I'm one of the many here who witnessed the second plane slamming into the South Tower (For six months after, I had dreams where planes crashed into my childhood home, my high school, my grandparents' house, my dog's house, etc. Fun!). Then again, maybe it's because, after too many years in the ad biz, I always look for the visual in everything. Or maybe, these days, putting a red sign that says "TARGET" 2/3rds of the way up a Manhattan high-rise tower isn't a very smart move.
previously in midtown sightings:
1. President Clinton has never looked handsomer.
2. Times Square billboard juxtaposition.
3. The Great Wall of New York.
related: The "Target" bus.

15 Comments:

Anonymous can you dig it said...

Unfortunately, sense of humor and appreciation of irony aren't qualities recruiters look for in suicide bombers. Too bad. It would make terrorism much funnier.

9:09 AM  
Blogger copyranter said...

A-men, cydi.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous LisaBinDaCity said...

Yea, the Target sign might not be in the best of taste. Kinda creepy, actually.

Your nightmares must have been horrid...

9:12 AM  
Blogger Gigi said...

This is one of your best finds yet.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a criticism a stupid junior client would make. Boo to you for grasping at straws.

3:38 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

Thank you employee of Target or a Target affiliate for weighing in.

3:51 PM  
Blogger TB said...

This is the coolest thing I've ever seen. So un-subliminal. Perhaps this's some semiotic-reversal thingy where like pointing out the obvs must be doubled-over in order to negate the obvs? Know what I mean? So we can look up and say,

"Obvs! Ohwaitno! Not obvs! There's a giant dildo with a giant TARGET sign! It's not like a giant dildo would EVS be a "target," if you will ... for Al Qaeda or anything! So obvs Target realizes its target is totes obvs! So okay ... I'm just hands down totally fucking hallucinating!

Hooray! For Derrida! And down syndrome!

5:00 PM  
Blogger ricpic said...

Suicidal terrorists have souls?

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the fuck is a suicidal terrorist? A (insert nationality) depressed, lonely, manic rebel, grasping at reasons to stay alive?

Isn't the proper term "suicide bomber"?

5:15 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

thank you anon. amending.

5:18 PM  
Blogger FishNChimps said...

There really ought to be a big pic of Salman Rushdie (now "Sir", to the chagrin of angry men in beards) close by that poster. That'll get their attention.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tip you're a douchebag #2: you think that anyone who disagrees with your criticism of an ad must work for the agency and/or client that produced it.

Not the case.

10:54 AM  
Blogger TB said...

Anonymous: I wonder why you're fucking anonymous and like, in hiding, and shit. Are you Osama? You can like, criticize Copyranter and then be like ... No, I don't work for Target, I'm just a brilliant anonymous nobody.

Maybe you're Dick Cheney. That'd be awesome. Hi-five!

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try not to insult people of different ethnicity and creed. It's too low, even for your Jack Daniel's drinking ass. It was your own elected President who plane-crashed the WTC.

As for Target's choice of billboard placement, that's just a bad client with bad taste who has no idea what advertising is and what it could be.

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you must be a government agent, because everyone knows there were no plane that hit those buildings, it was a huge government plot and controlled demolition.

/sarcasm

I still get shivers when I see footage of the attacks.

4:38 PM  

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