Claim: Commercial for a Nokia brand mobile phone shows a cat caught on a rotating ceiling fan.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: The image shown above is a still frame from a
Given the western world’s sensitivity to the treatment of animals (particularly common pet species such as cats and dogs), not many companies would try to sell their product using such an ad unless they were deliberately engaged in the gambit of generating attention through negative publicity. The clip advertised a new model of Nokia phone that had just been released (March 2003) in Australia, but Nokia disclaimed any connection to the commercial, maintaining that it had “been proposed to Nokia by an external party” (a subcontractor of their advertising agency), that it had been “categorically rejected” by Nokia, and that it was “not an official Nokia advertisement”:
Exactly how much involvement Nokia may have had with this clip is difficult to determine. Some readers have reported to us that they have indeed seen it run as a television advertisement, but we haven’t been able to verify that claim. (It’s possible that the clip has been aired on TV as an example of a “funny video,” not as an ad paid for by Nokia.)
Last updated: 7 April 2004
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