CNET News: The Mozilla Foundation passed on using a condom-themed poster to tout its Firefox browser, but volunteers want to revive the ad to emphasize the software’s security features.
And here’s the Firefox poster that isn’t going to run, at least for now (click on it for larger image):
Why isn’t it running? Because it might cause offence to some, according to comment in a post at Spread Firefox:
Some time back over at SpreadFirefox.com, we started an effort to make a college poster to help spread Firefox. The results of this effort was a great poster that showed a rear view close-up of a person wearing bluejeans with a Firefox-wrapped condom in the hip pocket. The slogan was "Always use protection." Everyone involved loved it and we were days from taking it to print. The project was spiked because of concerns that it would offend some people.
Some lively discussion in the comments to that post.
I really can’t imagine how this poster could possibly cause offence to anyone (you should see the sexually-explicit poster advertising on the streets here in Amsterdam!), certainly not the people who Firefox planned to target – college kids in the US. A highly-appropriate theme, I’d have thought, well focused for that target audience. Or maybe they are worried at offending the teachers?
Anyway, I bet we do see that poster run. If not, at least the image repeated in blog posts like mine. Now that’s a an idea for some viral advertising…