Many adverts get spoofed and posted on YouTube without anything more being said. However, when Greenpeace lampooned the VW advert with a small boy dressed as Darth Vader, YouTube removed it from public view while leaving other spoofs undeleted.
Perhaps it was something to do with Greenpeace pointing out VW's opposition to proposed European fuel efficiency regulations for car manufacturers, a key part of the reduction of carbon emissions so vital for the future of humanity. Although its' mission statement claims it wishes to be “the most eco-friendly automaker in the world”, VW was part of the lobby that successfully opposed the proposed increase in CO2 reduction targets in the European Parliament last week. The British Conservative MEPs delivered the death blow via a deviously worded amendment.
But of course, corporate public relations at VW will want it both ways. And now the spoof video has gone.
And maybe the VW-branded, planet-killing Death Star didn't help.
So now, it has a website all of its own....
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