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"If you haven't been to Ghana, how can you possibly pass judgment on whether this is one big stereotyped 'box-ticker' for Cadbury, or a genuine reflection of Ghanaian life, culture and music?

I spent almost three months in Ghana in 2008, and this ad brings back such great memories. Ghana is a country that is, in some areas, stricken with poverty. But the Ghanaian people live every day like it's their last, and love life. The scenes in the ad are not that far from the truth. As far as I am concerned, this ad brings a taste of Ghana into the homes of the British people."

Carl Martin on the Advertising Standards Authority's decision to clear the Cadbury Dairy Milk "zingolo" ad of racism

"At GGT years ago, Dave Trott did a poster for LWT that took the piss out of the Ayatollah Khomeini. He received death threats and all the creatives working for him thought that was fantastic. (That's come out slightly wrong. I don't mean we all wanted Dave to be killed by an Iranian hit squad. Just that we loved the idea of an ad provoking that fierce a response. Although I think one art director who'd been refused a pay rise that year did temporarily join a suicide squad.)"

Steve Henry, a creative's blog

"I've never understood why anyone involved in marketing would get on a moral high-horse and say that a celebrity, who has worked hard to make a name for themselves, wouldn't want to earn something from that. Isn't that what marketing and branding is all about? Well said, John Lydon."

Mark Griffiths backs John Lydon's defence of his appearance in the Country Life butter ad campaign.


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