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The Blagger's Blog – Winton on Trump, Tube lines as people, most racist ad ever (possibly)

A weekly roundup of media news, sans effort


Quote of the week

“As one who has spent his entire professional life being ridiculed for my ‘fluorescent tanned’ complexion, I felt compassion for the man before he even uttered a single word. However, by the time he was three minutes into his speech, I’d put the foot rest down on my recliner and was sitting bolt upright hanging onto his every word.”

Openly gay British TV personality and gameshow host Dale Winton, in his recent essay on US republican presidential candidate and gay marriage objector, Donald Trump.

Weekly High

This comedy skit that asks the eternal question- what type of personalities would London’s Tube lines have if Tube lines were people?- had us rather entertained in the last few days, mainly because of the very last bit, when the elderly Bakerloo helps the even more aged District line, but the latter keeps stopping for no apparent reason. Nothing like a bit of accurate observation.

Weekly Low

Despite the best efforts of globalisation, the world is still home to a staggering variety of cultures, meaning what some people find relevant or funny, others may not. Irrespective of where you’re from, though, this advert for Chinese laundry detergent Qiaobi is universally offensive, horrifically racist, and beggars belief that anyone would think it could ever be a good idea. Ever.

Stories to keep an eye on

Twitter has disbanded its ‘Buy button team’, suggesting efforts to establish itself as a major online retail platform are not going to plan.

Opternative may well be the world’s first home optometry business- the website allows users to conduct their own eye tests using a smartphone or tablet, with results costing $40 and delivered electronically within 48 hours.

Cities of Hope is currently happening in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, with street artists from across the world converging on the district to create new works inspired by social, political and economic issues, with a host of supporting events.

Just in case you missed it

Two things caught our attention enough to write about them this week. Firstly, the campaigns from Wetherspoons, Tinder and LAD Bible on the EU Referendum; and then Facebook’s new Live video map and the opportunities this may present to brands.

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