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New Orleans ad called 'anti-British', they call it humor
NEW ORLEANS -- What does BP's oil mess, former U.S. President Andrew Jackson, and a war 200 years ago have to do with a little known print advertisement designed to reel in tourists to New Orleans? It all adds up to one interesting quarrel that now stretches across the Atlantic Ocean.
The always charming French Quarter has former President Andrew Jackson at the center of it all -- both in history and now in controversy.
It was during the war of 1812 when then-General Jackson led American troops to victory in New Orleans against an invading British army.
Now, in the wake of BP's oil trying to make it's way on shore, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau tried to poke fun at the situation, all while attempting to lure in squeamish tourists.
Their print ad featured a picture of Jackson Square and read, "This isn't the 1st time New Orleans has survived the British."
"They ran briefly but in very limited distribution," said Steve Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Frankly, we've gotten notes that people loved it."
But Perry admits those fans aren't living in Britain.
The Ad was payed for by BP money, and has been pulled for now, but is still under consideration. Typical New Orleans humor, see no problem in making light of a difficult situation.
Last edited by pherein; 06-19-2010 at 02:01 AM..
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