Morning Update: Does Charlie Hebdo’s latest cartoon overstep?; Jakarta agencies say ‘business as usual’ after attacks; Emoji billboard

charlie hedbo cartoon racist aylan syriaThe Guardian: Charlie Hebdo cartoon depicting drowned child Alan Kurdi sparks racism debate

A cartoon in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has caused online shock by suggesting drowned toddler Alan Kurdi would have grown up to be a sexual abuser like those immigrants allegedly involved in the assaults in Cologne.

An insert at the top the cartoon contains the famous image of the three-year-old Syrian boy laying face down dead in the sand. The question at the top of the drawing “What would little Aylan have grown up to be?” is answered at the bottom by “Ass groper in Germany”.

Mumbrella Asia: Agency bosses after Jakarta attacks: ‘It’s business as usual’

Ad agency bosses in Jakarta say it is “business as usual” after the capital was hit by terrorist attacks, and Indonesians have taken to social media with the hashhag ‘We are not afraid’ emerging on Twitter.

“Indonesians are highly resilient and not adverse to incidents like this, it’s business as usual,” said Joseph Tan, the CEO of Lowe Indonesia.

One of the terrorist incidents in the business and shopping district of Jakarta happened close to the offices of Leo Burnett Indonesia. None of the agency’s staff were hurt.

AdAge: Man Behind U.K. Political Scandal a Unilever Social Media Analyst


Mark Clarke, the central figure in a British political scandal involving suicide and allegations of bullying, sexual assault and drug use, has had an interesting day job too — heading global social media analytics and insights for Unilever.

Two months after the Conservative Party expelled Mr. Clarke for life over allegations of wrongdoing, it’s unclear if he still works for the company behind Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty, Axe, Lipton and other brands. Unilever has declined to comment on anything related to Mr. Clarke, including whether he works there, when he was hired, what his title was or a blog post last month calling on the company to fire him.

But he represented Unilever at speaking engagements in the Netherlands and the U.K. last year, which was busy for him on the political front as well. He led RoadTrip2015, which bused young Conservative Party activists to contested districts prior to the May general election, earning praisefrom victorious Prime Minister David Cameron.

At many brands and agencies, the PR people perform many roles, from controlling public access to executives to keeping huge egos in check and making sure goals are realistic. In the latest Digiday Confessions, we traded anonymity for honesty with a PR professional who said brands still have a lot to learn about being transparent and that all the diversity talk is a lie.

What’s the one thing brands don’t get about PR?
It’s never been faster than today. And there are more options for people to control the message: We can do exclusives, we can announce it on our own blog, we can do a press conference, we can just tweet it.

Twentieth Century Fox is determined not to take its marketing for Deadpool at all seriously. And it’s making for one of the more entertaining movie campaigns in a while.

The most recent development happened Wednesday, when Patton Oswald posted a photo of a Deadpool billboard in Los Angeles with a skull emoji, poop emoji and a blocky letter L. So simple, so dumb—yet hilarious. (And no, the movie is not called Skullshittle.)


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