26 March, 2006

Loxist Ads: Washington Mutual Launches Exceptionally Vicious Campaign

Posted by alex in advertising, loxism at 5:34 am | Permanent Link

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To boost its new checking account, Washington Mutual has kicked off a national ad campaign created by Leo Burnett. Showing a clever negro bossing around a pen full of sixtysomething white bankster dinosaurs, the ads set a new standard in loxist obnoxiousness.

The gist of these “fun” commercials that are “shaking up the industry” is that whatever the Depends crew thinks of a practice is the opposite of what hip, cool WaMu should do. At the end of one commercial, the feeble whitemice are rewarded with a giant tin of a caviar. In another, they receive sips of champagne from a rat feeding bottle.

The sensitive, ethical jews who conceived this campaign think Aryans, particularly old ones who can’t be retrofitted to the diversity wagon, are disgusting rodents. Their delight in mocking the enemy is obvious – as is their hate. For you’ll note that not a single one of the stodgy old bankers is discolored. Not a single one is jew. They’re all white as white can be — dregs, losers and nincompoops to a subhuman.

Here’s how the company describes this hate campaign in its press release.

Washington Mutual Launches National Advertising Campaign in Support of Its New WaMu Free Checking Account, Stirs Up the Industry.

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 13, 2006–Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE:WM) Humorous Approach Takes on ‘Stodgy’ Banking Industry to Cries of ‘Madness,’ ‘This is Outrageous’

“Madness!” “Outrageous!” “How’s this help the rich?”

There hasn’t been this much commotion in the marbled halls of banking since the bars were removed from teller cages. What’s got old-fashioned bankers from NYC to LA chomping their cigars to a nub?

Washington Mutual’s at it again.

The bank today launches a national advertising campaign supporting a new free checking account that’s got bankers (at least the ones in the ads) fuming over the unprecedented bundle of free features.

The humorous TV and print ads poke fun at old-fashioned bankers who just can’t believe the new WaMu Free Checking(TM) account and the benefits it offers — features such as free ATM cash withdrawals, a free overdraft (or non-sufficient funds) fee waiver each year, free checks for life, cash back for debit card use, free outbound wires, and low balance alerts. All of these and more are in addition to features such as no minimum balance and no direct deposit requirements to avoid a monthly fee already offered under WaMu’s original Free Checking account.

“Exactly how does that help the rich get richer?” retorts Mr. Stodgy Banker in one ad while smoking his cigar and grasping his champagne glass. He and a group of dismayed pinstriped cohorts are humorously featured as a contrast to Washington Mutual’s consumer-friendly banking in the new advertising campaign developed by Leo Burnett USA, based in Chicago.

“Our WaMu Free Checking(TM) account raises the bar for the banking industry, and our new advertising campaign is a compelling, creative way for us to let consumers know that we have a product uniquely designed with their needs in mind,” says Genevieve Smith, Washington Mutual’s chief marketing officer. “We are setting a new standard for banking and delivering what consumers are asking for — they tell us ‘give me a break if I overdraw my account,’ ‘don’t nickel and dime me,’ and ‘reward me for my business.'”

Washington Mutual versus ‘Stodgy Banker’ Concept Hits the Mark

Smith adds, “The point of the stodgy banker creative is satirical but direct, and it resonates extremely well with consumers. The message is clear: if a group of stodgy bankers hates one of the new free features of our WaMu Free Checking(TM) account, we like it and consumers win.”

The advertising campaign launches today in major daily newspapers and on national television in major metropolitan markets throughout the country where Washington Mutual has retail banking stores. Washington Mutual declined to disclose the spending behind the new campaign, but confirmed that its annual advertising budget alone averages over $100 million a year.

“Washington Mutual is an industry challenger, a thought leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, and as far away from stodgy as you can get,” states Rich Stoddart, president of Leo Burnett USA. “Our job was to further leverage their consumer-friendly brand and differentiate them in the market as the bank that truly serves the everyday consumer.”

He further notes that the original concept of Washington Mutual versus stodgy bankers clicked early during the ad agency review process late last year. “What amazed us is that the Washington Mutual team not only embraced this idea, but consistently pushed us to take it even further. It’s been an exhilarating ride made possible because Washington Mutual truly believes that a core part of their reason for being is to take a stand in one of the most staid industries in the world.”

Ad Campaign Designed to Break Through the Clutter

aityler.jpgThe new national campaign represents Washington Mutual’s largest product launch ever, and the company is complementing it with breakthrough local marketing events — an approach Washington Mutual has been noted for in the past. Integrated efforts include direct mail, online advertising, subway and billboard signs, newspaper wraps and guerilla marketing teams fanning out on street corners in major markets to ramp up the buzz. The new ad campaign literally comes alive today as actress/comedienne Aisha Tyler (former “Friends” actress and “Talk Soup” host) takes to the streets of NYC to interview a pen of stodgy bankers about the features of the new WaMu Free Checking(TM) account.

“The overall campaign launch is designed to break through the clutter and reach out to consumers,” said Chris Matthews, Washington Mutual senior vice president of advertising and brand. “At the end of the day, consumers are the ones who benefit from the convenience and value never before seen in a free checking account.”

The new TV spots were directed by Moxie Pictures’ Martin Granger, who is known for helming humorous commercials for clients including Virgin Mobile, Dasani, Budweiser and Burger King. Ad creative can be viewed at www.leoburnett.com/breaking/wamu.

About Leo Burnett, USA

Leo Burnett USA helps build many of the world’s most valuable brands, including McDonald’s, Disney, Procter & Gamble, Marlboro, Altoids, Kellogg and Nintendo. As the most awarded agency at the Effie Awards for four straight years, Leo Burnett USA is the “Most Effective Agency in America.”

The country’s second largest agency brand as ranked by Advertising Age, Leo Burnett USA is the flagship office of Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc., a global network of over 200 operating units including a variety of specialty marketing services and 94 full-service advertising agencies in 82 countries. Leo Burnett Worldwide (www.leoburnett.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Publicis Groupe (www.publicis.com).

About Washington Mutual

The new WaMu Free Checking(TM) account is offered by Washington Mutual Bank and Washington Mutual Bank fsb. With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE:WM) is a leading provider of financial services for consumers and small businesses. At December 31, 2005, Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had assets of $343.12 billion. Washington Mutual currently operates more than 2,600 retail banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking and financial services offices throughout the nation. Washington Mutual’s press releases are available at http://newsroom.wamu.com.

[More from Leo Burnett, the agency that thought up this campaign.]

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New WaMu Free Checking Campaign Creative Credits:

Agency: Leo Burnett USA

Group Creative Heads: Josh Denberg/Paul Hirsch

Art Director: Nicholas Pringle

Copywriter: Clark Edwards

Producer: David Moore

Production Co.: Moxie Pictures

Director: Martin Granger

Producer: Heidi Soltesz

Edit House: The Whitehouse

Editor: David Brixton, John Smith and Mathew Wood

The Washington Mutual new WaMu Free Checkingâ„¢ campaign created by Leo Burnett USA features humorous ads that poke fun at old-fashioned bankers who just can’t believe the new WaMu Free Checkingâ„¢ product and the features it offers — features such as free ATM cash withdrawals, a free overdraft (or non-sufficient funds) fee waiver each year, free checks for life, cash back for debit card use, free outbound wires, and low balance alerts. All of these and more are in addition to features such as no minimum balance and no direct deposit requirements to avoid a monthly fee already offered under WaMu’s original Free Checking account.

“Exactly how does that help the rich get richer?� retorts Mr. Stodgy Banker in one ad while smoking his cigar and grasping his Champagne glass. He and a group of dismayed pinstriped cohorts—who make up the Bankers Pen that serves as the campaign cornerstone—are humorously contrasted with Washington Mutual’s consumer friendly banking in the campaign that includes TV, print, online and out-of-home advertising.

Consumers can experience the Bankers Pen and their utter disbelief in WaMu Free Checking at www.trappedbanker.com. There, the bankers respond to consumer questions, offer insight into their privileged backgrounds and continue to dismiss WaMu bankers as “ridiculous.�

And if by chance you’re wondering how the bankers got into the pen, watch the three online teaser films titled “Box,� “Champers� and “Hole� below.

Eight new TV commercials will roll out over the next two months. The campaign will air primarily on national cable stations, including TBS, TNT, VH1, Comedy Central and TV Land. Specific programs include Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,� TBS’ “Seinfeld and “Everybody Loves Raymond,� VH1’s “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame� premiere and CMT’s “Three Wishes� premiere. The ads will also run in spot TV in WaMu’s top 14 markets.

Newspaper ads and out-of-home advertising is also running in major markets. Non-traditional out-of-home media, including billboards, transit shelters and bus wraps, will begin in May.

Director:
The campaign was directed by Moxie Pictures’ Martin Granger, who is known for helming humorous commercials for clients including Virgin Mobile, Dasani, Budweiser and Burger King.


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  7. 7 Responses to “Loxist Ads: Washington Mutual Launches Exceptionally Vicious Campaign”

    1. Stanley Womack Says:

      These ads are hateful, indeed. We’ve done a little work with identifying kinds of European American bashing, and we’ve found there are four kinds:

      (1) slurs, negative labeling, and negative descriptions;

      (2) negative stereotypes (four kinds);

      (3) white-baiting canards; and

      (4) hate caricatures, which is what this ad is all about. Washington Mutual’s ads are exactly like the hate-figure Archie Bunker created by Norman Lear, and stupid cartoon figures like Beavis ‘n’ Butthead.

      Defamation is often overlooked by European Americans, but it is every bit as real, as powerful, and as effective as discrimination, immigration, criminality, and dumbed-down education on the lives and happiness of European Americans.

      http://www.ResistingDefamation.org

    2. Don Miller Says:

      These ads promote criminality. Two of them plainly feature kidnapping and false imprisonment as acceptable conduct. These are both felonies in every state in the United States.

      Washington Mutual has obviously gone off the tracks with this racist, ageist, and sexist ad campaign.

    3. brutus Says:

      I will have no qualms about pulling the level on the gallows to hang those responsible for these ads. They are weaving their own noose for a dollar today.

    4. Harry Tuttle Says:

      I’d like to see a commercial with a white man and a bullhorn coaching Somali savages in full tribal dress on how to operate a doorknob. Now that would be funny as hell.

    5. John Creagh Says:

      The feeling is Mutual.

      http://www.teecommerce.com/product-wamu.htm

    6. John Creagh Says:

      Has anybody else ever noticed that the Washington Mutual logo was designed to resemble a menorah?

      http://www.daviswiki.org/dwiki/data/pages/Washington_20Mutual/attachments/wamu.thumbnail.300.225.jpg

    7. N.B. Forrest Says:

      Yeah, not a single kike phiz to be found in the pack. It’s clearer every day that these motherfuckers are going to have to undergo a wholesale composting.