Okay, so at some point I knew I was going to have to break down and share this with you. I just have hesitated because if you come here looking for chocolate and get…this…well, how shall I put it? You might be just a tad disappointed. Also, I think I’m hurting my PG rating.
But–this has got to be the worst ad I have ever seen in my life.
It was everywhere in Paris this summer, put up by the “Mairie de Paris” (city government).
It says: Paris protège l’amour (Paris protects love).
So far so good, right? How sweet! How romantic!
But the third or fourth time you pass one in the street, the details start sinking in.
Paris protège l’amour–oh, it’s an ad to promote the use of a certain love-protection. With an AIDS helpline listed. And the words “Paris Pleasure, Paris Condoms” circling one over there in the right corner.
Okay, well, fine. That’s a worthwhile cause. And I’m a fan of French openness about these things, anyway. So…still so far, so good.
And then, then, it very slowly sinks in what that romantic setting sun over the Paris skyline IS.
Wait for it…wait for it…
Okay. Got it?
So you tell me….is this the worst ad you have ever seen or am I just sensitive about what I want my romantic setting sunlight to be coming from?