My first reaction? Totally inappropriate. My second reaction? If it meant not raising taxes due to new revenue streams, why not? Although, “why not” might be answered by Conan O’Brien’s experience with international advertising (below).
The ad and product seem to be ‘double shanzai,’ a Blackberry copy being advertised by an unauthorized Presidential image. Is this a parody? The ultimate in cultural appropriation? Or just plain piracy? If it’s cultural appropriation, when/where is the line between offense, flattery, or just plain humor or parody?
Conan O’Briens Venture into International Advertising