Dear Sony, stop saying Nigeria is full of online criminals
If we were to ask you which country was the source of most online scams, it'd be reasonable to assume Nigeria would make the top two answers and not finish second. We've all received countless pleas for assistance from the families of Nigeria's disproportionate number of diplomats, executive bankers, missionaries and politicians - all of whom almost, but not quite, have access to eight figure sums of cash. Like the inevitability of jamming a kitchen drawer because the potato masher is the wrong way round, Nigerian scammers are a universal truth, surely?
As long as you don't say it out loud, that's fine. Unlike Sony, who decided to promote the new price point of the PS3 with a big ol' round of advertising, which included a line suggesting Nigeria is rammed to the brim with fraudsters:
The Nigerian Federal Government has now asked Sony to withdraw all advertising and offer an unreserved apology. According to their statement:
"Nigeria demands an unconditional apology from Sony Corporation for this deliberate negative campaign against the country’s image and reputation. The apology must be given the same measure of publicity by Sony Corporation in all channels where the unfortunate adverts were aired."
So Nigeria are expecting Sony to pay for a second advertising campaign on the same scale, that claims nobody in Nigeria is involved in shilling the population of the planet? That'd be a scam in itself, wouldn't it? And in case you didn't find the advert all that entertaining to begin with, here's the return of Joss Whedon's Doctor Horrible and Captain Hammer at last night's Emmys in the US.
God be with you on this glorious day.