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Playstation maker Sony has pulled an advertisement which has offended the Nigerian government.
The advert, for Sony’s new “slim” PlayStation 3, shows a salesman being asked about the price of the console. The salesman says that you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet “Otherwise I’d be a Nigerian millionaire by now.”
The Nigerian federal government is incandescent with rage at the ad which it says is a deliberate negative campaign against the country’s image and reputation.
In a statement, a Nigerian government official said that the country wants an apology from Sony, which was clearly seeking to undermine Nigeria’s business interest around the world.
“This insinuation is in bad faith and unacceptable. The government and the good people of Nigeria reject this unwarranted attack on the reputation and image of the country,” he said.
Sony has apologised for any offence caused by the ad, which it said was not intended for broadcast outside the United States.
Bizarrely the ad now says “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet – that’s how World War I started” which is a little strange because the internet was not around for the Serbian assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, unless his Wikipedia entry has been modified again.
However if you want to collect a proportion of the late Archduke Ferdinand’s estate you might like to send your bank details to the following email address…