A Norwegian airline spent no time in capitalizing on Brangelina’s split with a tongue in cheek advertisement campaign, based on the famous couple’s divorce.
On September 19, 2016, Angelina Jolie filed for a divorce from Brad Pitt, claiming she had done so for the “health of the family”.
Sputnik news reports:
When the whole world was still discussing the minute details and the implications of the split-up, Norwegian, which is Europe’s third largest low-cost carrier, quickly announced a new London to Los Angeles cheap-flight campaign.
The ad said ‘Actor. LA. Newly Single. Seeks like-minded partner with GSOH’ without directly mentioning either Pitt’s or Jolie’s name, although the allusion was crystal clear and spurred a lively response on social media.
— Norwegian UK (@NorwegianUK) September 22, 2016
In no time, the ingenious marketing solution was taken to the next level, as Norwegian’s formerly discontinued line Oslo-LA was re-launched with a straightforward-yet-witty print ad: ‘Brad is single.’
— Eve D’Souza (@evedsouza) September 23, 2016
Subsequently, a similar ad in Spanish, offering direct low-cost flights from Barcelona to Hollywood, appeared on Norwegian’s Facebook page.
Despite the fact that the public went bananas over the ad, many experts expressed doubt over whether it is right for advertisers to profit on people’s personal issues.
“In many cases, divorce is a personal tragedy and, I mean, a company like Norwegian should think twice before publishing such an ad. Although these are celebrities, they are still people. And there are children involved,” Markus Lind, Creative Director at Good Morning, told Norwegian news outlet Kampanje.
Although the company has yet to calculate how many Norwegian Brad Pitt fans will make use of the offer to try and charm the 52-year-old American actor and producer, the clever ad has gone viral on the Internet.