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Did anyone see this? http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=2164663 I clicked on the link earlier so I had the picture in my cache, but I had to close it due to a noisy ad on the page. Now the site is down.



This seems like it has to be an inside job. I'd be interested in seeing a pic of the before shot - this seems way to left side heavy for me. Was there something on the right originally?

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Poked around - saw some similar work on this site

http://www.popaganda.com/billboards/index_1.shtml

Uh, it might be real, Guru

http://citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=2750

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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    I'd be interested in seeing a pic of the before shot...
Go look at any billboard. This is only an overlay on top of whatever should normally be there.

I think AWArulz hit it on the head - it's either English, or someone inspired by/ripping off English. Or maybe viral marketing for his DVD!

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I can't find the article online, but they were talking about it on Bob and Tom this morning. I believe they said it was in Houston, and it took people a week before they realized that the billboard was not an actual ad from Anheuser Busch, but the work of a prankster/vandal.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Go look at any billboard. This is only an overlay on top of whatever should normally be there.

    I think AWArulz hit it on the head - it's either English, or someone inspired by/ripping off English. Or maybe viral marketing for his DVD!

    (edited by CRZ on 12.7.06 0154)


I saw that it was in Houston. What I'm trying to figure out is what would have been on the original picture before the overlay. Supposedly the Middle and Left are original, with the added beer and the budweiser slogan added. So... what would have gone with it?

The entire billboard isn't supposed to be forged, from what I gather it was an addition on top of a controversial billboard... but now I can't get to that info so maybe I'm remembering incorrectly.

//edit: Nevermind.


    Someone covered up a billboard on La Branch at Winbern with a poster featuring a picture of Jesus Christ holding a Budweiser can. The company that leases the billboard believes vandals made the poster at home and then pasted it on top of the ad that's supposed to be there.


    It shows Jesus holding a Budweiser in between the phrases "Jesus, King of Jews" and "Jesus, King of Beers."

    "I thought that was just crazy," said commuter Jose Cazares. "It looks professional too."

    Neighbors say the billboard has been up there for a week or more.
    (Copyright 2006, KTRK-TV)



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    Originally posted by Lexus
    Please correct me where I'm wrong, but I fail to see sacriledge in any of this.
Where you're wrong is you seem to think that any of the posts in this thread from 2-3 days ago contained the word "sacriledge." ;-) This was more of a "point out Guru's mistake in assuming the billboard was derivative of an existing billboard work" thread. I'm sure he's super happy I got another opportunity to do that, too.



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    Originally posted by Lexus
    Please correct me where I'm wrong, but I fail to see sacriledge in any of this. It's tacky, but far from outrageous.

    For one, Jesus turned the water into what? Wine. Modernized a little bit that could easily be Budweiser.

    So you say Jesus, his likeness, name, or anything should not be used to advertise? One word; Christmas.

    So it's debauchery for Christ to hold a can of beer? Mardi Gras, the most decadent festival on American soil, is based on the Lenten season, a strong Christian tradition.

    And above all, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.




I don't think any of us even commented on that. Guru thought it was a Fark, I pointed (and others did too) that it was a real thing.

But is is sacrilege? (spellcheckers are your friend). Perhaps. Most people who see it as an issue are not drinking too much beer anyway. I know Budweiser's ads are for me, pure entertainment, since I won't be buying the product. Do I think they shouldn't be doing it? Yes. Let 'em try and put old Muhammad up there and see if people laugh at it.

Christmas is generally not advertising Jesus engaging in acts that might be condoned as sin. Jesus did change water into wine at a wedding, and of course, that is many folk's justification for being drunks. But the scriptures tell us many times that drunkenness is an issue.

The folks that party as Mardi Gras approaches are using some date as an excuse to party. It doesn't have a lot to do with following Christ.

That being said, I don't have a huge problem with it, because the advertisement will get or reject business based on it and that is their business of the advertiser (if it is in fact a real advertisement).

Oh yeah, and when Jesus said that thing you toss out at the end "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" - he then said

"Neither do I condemn you. Now, go and sin no more.




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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    But is is sacrilege? (spellcheckers are your friend). Perhaps. Most people who see it as an issue are not drinking too much beer anyway. I know Budweiser's ads are for me, pure entertainment, since I won't be buying the product. Do I think they shouldn't be doing it? Yes. Let 'em try and put old Muhammad up there and see if people laugh at it.


If we lived in a predominately Muslim country, then I would have no problem with a critique (which is really what it is, IMO) of this sort using Muhammad. Given the fact that we don't, then it would be completely out of place.

Although, Comedy Central editing out Muhammad from a South Park episode dealing with censorship was pretty silly.

Lastly, I think you missed the fact that while this was a real billboard, it was not a real advertisement. Or did I misread?

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    Originally posted by Leroy
    Lastly, I think you missed the fact that while this was a real billboard, it was not a real advertisement. Or did I misread?


I don't think that it's a real advertisement. But we don't know for sure who was behind it.

But I think we were talking about a what if situation as in "what if it were a real advertisement"?



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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    But I think we were talking about a what if situation as in "what if it were a real advertisement"?


As a fake advertisment, it's a hilarious parody that juxtaposes two things that have no business being together.

As a real advertisment, it would be a poor marketing campaign, because all the attention would be on the controversy of treating Jesus like an irreverent corporate mascot, and not on what brand of beer he's drinking.
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