Blog: Andy MortonAdverts, with an accent on the ridiculous

Andy Morton | 28 November 2012

Drinks advertising campaigns never fail to surprise in their approach to consumers. 

The industry may be global, covering Kansas to Karachi, but as far as advertising agencies and marketing departments are concerned Scotch is still made by rugged Scots in pretty glens and Bourbon by lumberjacks on their day off.

Basically, we're all a bunch of hometown rubes.

Which is why consumers are subjected to an unflinching barrage of accents and dialects in alcohol advertising. Some of them are good. Take, for example, this Canadian Club digital ad released today, with some solid Canadian inflections from the actor on duty. Some are less good. Have a look at this butchering of the Scottish accent, which in comparison makes Mel Gibson's Braveheart sound like Susan Boyle.

 


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