Sony Caves In – Changes Ad To Keep Nigeria Happy

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Just yesterday, you may have read that Nigeria was not happy with Sony’s new Playstation 3 advert which poked fun at all of the email money scams that come out of Nigeria.

While I can understand that Sony has to protect their business by keeping as many people as happy as possible but I find this whole situation rather sad. Just recently, a Nigerian actor in the US also called out District 9 for making Nigerians look bad, easily said when you don’t even live there.

Well Nigeria, everyone is making fun of you, everywhere and it’s for a good reason. New advert also posted after the jump.

While I do see it unfair to put all Nigerians in a box, Nigeria has to understand that this is becoming a hot topic because of the sheer amount of spam emails and fraud schemes coming out of their country.

Not only that but many Nigerians have been caught dealing drugs and running brothels, just like members of many other nations and they are usually mocked as well. While again, it isn’t fair to put all of them in a box, it’s fair enough that it gets joked about because of what is actually happening in the world.

All Italians and Russians are apart of the mafia, Americans are fat, Canadians say “ey” a lot and all asians drive badly. They are all generalisations and you cannot seriously sit there and say, “oh, you are making us look bad”. It’s like that for a reason, meaning you have to look into the issues at hand and also learn to take a freaking joke.

It is silly in every way to generalise, but this wasn’t even that, it was a poke at the money scams coming out of Nigeria. It isn’t as if the dude said, “all Nigerians are drug lords” or something.

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Everyone needs to ease up a little.

If you want to see what Sony and Nigeria actually had to say, then hit the source link at the bottom of the article. I have also posted up the new advert as well, which has now been changed to keep them happy.

Source: NeoSeeker

Last Updated: September 10, 2009

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

  • Urch

    See your post. Can there be any scam without victims? Only greedy people fall victim of scams. Instead of you westerners to enlighten your people more not to be greedy, you’re there criticizing Nigeria.

    Sony has a choice to either tender an apology and give it the same publicity and remain in business in Nigeria or get kicked off the Nigerian market.

  • RivaZA

    Well Nigeria, if the shoe fits? Wear it!

  • Blue

    Just wondering: How does the world stereotype South Africans?

  • Those people with slow internet

  • Is that the same logic that people use to rape? Oh she had a short skirt she was asking for it?

    The majority of fraud emails I receive on my lazygamer account are based on asking me for help. They are being persecuted and need me to save them. They are appealing to my willingness to help and not greed.

    We all know that Sony aren’t going to be kicked out of the Nigerian market, it’s another pointless internet threat.

  • easy

    genderly confused :tongue:

  • Uche

    Duded, believe it or not, Nigeria is a GREAT country.
    Great, friendly people as well.

    Of course, i know scam is more popular in Nigerian than other countries, but lets not forget that credit card scam has its anchorage at the USA.

    For SONY, not everything you should yab about, we’re working HARD towards re-branding Nigeria so keep shut or you get the BOOT!

  • Man I am a nigerian web developer and I can authoritatively tell you that I receive as much scam mails from Nigerians as I do from Philipinos, bt I’v not labelled Philipinos as scammers. On the contrary I simply reply telling them the scam is busted cos I dnt fall for such. How would u like me to say, “All South Africans are Xenophobic”, All muslims are terrorists and all Europeans are racist” These evidently are not correct generalisations and should not be made, fun or not. Period.

  • Honestly I am glad to see that the Nigerian government is now actively trying to restore the countries image….

    But they allowed this to go on for so long that it isn’t going to be a quick turn around,

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