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April 14, 2011

Zombies at the funeral home - looking for family?

Have you ever seen an advertisement that just seemed to be put in a bad place? The advertisement's not bad, but either the timing or the placement in the newspaper just happens to coincide badly with what's around it.

That can happen with billboards, too, as it did in Durham County, Great Britain.

Many of you have heard of the hit series The Walking Dead on AMC, right? I didn't watch it, but I have heard a lot about it. It's a show about a zombie apocalypse, and it's supposed to be really good.

It seems that it has made its way over to the British Isles now. Of course, they have to advertise it, right?

How about right next to a funeral home?

(Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail)

Yeah, that part didn't go over quite as well.
"An advertising firm has been blasted after a billboard for The Walking Dead was put on the wall of a funeral parlour in Consett, County Durham.

An apology has been issued after the ad for The Walking Dead appeared on the side of The Co-operative Funeralcare.

Susan Jones, from the Willow Burn Hospice, in nearby Lanchester, said that while some people may see the funny side, others would not."
Personally, *I* find it hilarious, but I may not have if I'd been headed to dear ol' Grandpa's funeral in there when I saw it.

Thankfully, as soon as the company realized how bad this looked, they quickly removed it.

This was before anybody complained.
"Councillor Owen Temple, who represents the Consett area on Durham County Council, said he was aware of the billboard, but had not received any complaints.

He said: 'Some will be amused, but others may be offended. It left me unmoved.'
Gotta love that British resolve (not to mention gift for understatement).

How about you? Hilarious or distasteful?

Any other hilariously inappropriate ad placements (or any other similar occurrences) you can think of?


  1. Years ago, there was an Oprah episode airing about anorexia. The guests were anorexic and bulimic young people, and there was a spot done about several young people who had died from those disorders. Cue commercial and it's an advertisement for Jenny Craig Diet Centers. I found that to be the most distasteful, disrespectful and flagrantly slack management. They had to know who had purchased advertising for that particular day's episode - yet they allowed the ads to run in blatant contradiction of the show's content. They even called out diet providers such as Weight Watchers and Lean Cuisine meals for "sending the wrong message that being thin is the only acceptable body type". Apparently Jenny Craig Dieting centers weren't sending the same message, which is absurd. I just thought it was tacky in the extreme.

    As for whether your funeral home situation is funny or not, I guess it all depends on where you are in your personal life. I thought the response of county council member was typically British, and admit that his comment made me laugh more than the billboard issue itself.

    ~ Dawn

  2. That seems really odd that they wouldn't change the commercial on that Oprah show. Very tacky indeed.

    I love that guy's comment too! I guess he didn't get any complaints because people were complaining to the company instead of the town council. Because I think there was plenty of complaining going down.

    "I was unmoved."


    Thanks, Dawn!


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