Queen’s Day posters cause international row

23rd April 2009, Comments 2 comments

The images of world leaders such as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy dressed up in orange and partying have upset some ambassadors.

AMSTERDAM – Posters of photoshopped images of world leaders dressing up and partying on Queen’s Day have created a stir.

Billboards inviting everyone to ‘The best party in the world’ have world leaders photoshopped into various party scenes; Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy wrapped up in orange feather boas and US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in an orange afro wig and bikini top.

The latest campaign to promote the city of Amsterdam and Queen’s Day has gotten the city and its marketing company Amsterdam Partners into trouble.

A poster of US President Barack Obama strolling hand-in-hand down a street, wearing 'kiss me I'm drunk' T-shirts with his Russian counterpart has already been withdrawn.

The poster of Sarkozy dancing in the streets and donning a boa has upset the French ambassador to the Netherlands, reports AD.

Despite the complaint, AD reports billboards are popping all over the city.

Parool reports an Amsterdam Partners spokeswoman said the posters, which will not be placed abroad, aim to show how proud the city is of Queen’s Day and that everyone, including the world leaders, should come. Royalties for the images used have also been paid for.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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2 Comments To This Article

  • proteus posted:

    on 23rd April 2009, 16:58:25 - Reply

    So what's next, burning of Dutch flags in Washington, Paris and Moscow? I guess the extreme Islamists are not the only ones who can't take a joke...
  • wdc posted:

    on 23rd April 2009, 16:13:54 - Reply

    those posters are a hoot ! why cant the rest of the world take a joke ? Dont any of these ambassadors have a sense of humor ?