Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

The American GeniusThe American Genius

Business Marketing

Turns out that our favorite Olympic-related ad is fake

(Marketing News) When the Olympic ring ceremony failed, an ad surfaced as a parody, but it turns out that it is fake, and we are quite disappointed.

olympic audi ad

olympic audi ad

If only this Olympic ad was real!

During the opening ceremony at the Olympics currently underway in Sochi, Russia, one of the interlocking rings malfunctioned, creating four rings and a BP-looking asterisks instead of a fully formed ring.

It immediately became parodied all across the web, and rumors even flew that the technical specialist in charge of that portion of the show was murdered for his failure (which was proven to be false and based on reporting by Russia’s version of The Onion).

bar
The above photo is a mock ad that surfaced shortly after the malfunction, with many people passing it around as a real ad issued by Audi, but alas it has been debunked, simply making use of a stock image directly from Audi.

Some are mocking the people that thought the fake ad was real, but given Audi’s cleverness and quick reactions at other times in the past, it wouldn’t be a big surprise. For example, when the lights went out at the Super Bowl last year, they tweeted, “Sending some LEDs to the @MBUSA Superdome right now…”

Some are speculating that this ad was either a mock up for a real ad that wasn’t and won’t be released, while others believe it is an ad created by Audi but released through unofficial channels so as not to upset Russia.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Audi has not commented as of yet, but the ad appears to be created by an Audi fan not affiliated with the company, and until comments are made on the topic, some will continue to believe this is their way to release a viral ad without taking credit and hurting sales in Russia.

Perhaps this mock image of Vladimir Putin’s reaction to the ring failure during the opening ceremonies best captures our feelings toward the fake ad:

olympics

The American Genius is news, insights, tools, and inspiration for business owners and professionals. AG condenses information on technology, business, social media, startups, economics and more, so you don’t have to.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

The
American Genius
news neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for news sent straight to your email inbox.

Advertisement

KEEP READING!

Business Marketing

Marketers, we know it would be easier for your data analytics to be gathered in one place. Well boy, we have a tool for...

Business Marketing

Men are hard enough to buy gifts for, but the male audience can also be hard to target in marketing. Here's our best tips...

Business Marketing

Without a brick-and-mortar store, building rapport and customer loyalty can be a challenge, but you can still build customer loyalty online.

Business Marketing

That amazing zeitgeist of organic content and sharing leading to marketing or sales hits that companies never dreamed of has met its match with...

The American Genius is a strong news voice in the entrepreneur and tech world, offering meaningful, concise insight into emerging technologies, the digital economy, best practices, and a shifting business culture. We refuse to publish fluff, and our readers rely on us for inspiring action. Copyright © 2005-2022, The American Genius, LLC.