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May 5th, 2004

Generic News...

Canadian immigration tells Mexican homosexual:
"You're not gay enough to immigrate!"

The Immigration and Refugee Board has rejected the asylum case of a Mexican homosexual man on the grounds that he is not "visibly effeminate" and therefore not vulnerable to persecution in his homeland.

Fernando Enrique Rivera, who lifts weights, wears his hair closely cropped and favours jeans and conservative sports shirts, believes the IRB's decision shows a stereotypical understanding of homosexuality.

Read article...


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Nine Inch Nails

Talk about getting 'nailed'.

Six nails embedded in the skull of construction worker Isidro Mejia, 39, after an industrial incident caused a nail gun to shoot nails into his head and brain on April 19, 2004, are seen in this X-ray image from Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Los Angeles. Five of the six nails were removed in surgery that day and the sixth was removed from his face on April 23, after the swelling went down.












And you thought your day was bad??




Decapitated Cat

Cats are good. Cats are OK. So who wants to see one of the happy furballs get decapitated by the sunroof of a small, depraved European car? Thousands apparently want to see such a thing. Maybe millions. I know this because of the small mpeg video now circulating the Net like Paris Hilton in lime-green backlighting. I know this because of this bit of viral marketing created by the Ford Motor Company's U.K. ad agency, Ogilvy & Mather, whose sick demented geniuses created the thing and sent it out to the world.

SEE THE CAT COMMERCIAL


This is an example of "viral marketing." It's sinister as hell. It's when an ad company creates a twisted little promotion specifically designed to bypass the mainstream and penetrate the subculture and be spread by word of mouth and word of e-mail, and everyone forwards it on to their friends and family and says oh my God you've got to see this hilarious video oh my God it's so funny/sick/horrible/twisted oh my God click here now. And Ford and the ad company cheer and applaud and grin malevolently.

Viral ads are everywhere. They hit your in-box all the time. They are a favorite of bloggers and 'zines and metafilters. There are hundreds. Maybe more. It's a hugely popular marketing segment. The ads often become enormous cult hits. The agencies often encourage users to download the video and never bat an eye when fans post them all over the Net without copyright permission. This, again, is the point.

Except this time, there's a twist. There is, of course, an outcry. Animal rights groups are furious. Ford is pretending to be aghast. Even Ogilvy & Mather is claiming ignorance. Ford has issued a formal statement of denial and disgust wink wink nudge. Ogilvy & Mather has released a formal statement of we have no idea how the hell this happened hee hee titter.

Read the whole article here.



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