WTH: Homefront Ad scares Youtube Visitors

Posted By | On 14th, Mar. 2011 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


Talk about misleading advertisements.  Today, Australian users of Youtube saw an advertisement which was not only misleading but scary at the same time.  Apparently this advertisement showed Hilary Clinton  with sub titles like: “Breaking News, North Korea Attacks”. Now considering the fact that Youtube itself has a breaking news section many users took this for an actual news. After realizing it was nothing but an advertisment, users got pissed with the following comments:

“Almost freaked out at the YouTube homepage banner ad for Homefront, thinking it was a real headline on a North Korean attack. Not cool.”

“I find the front page advertisement for “HomeFront” on Youtube to be offensive. I thought North Korea had actually attacked. Misleading.”

“not sure if the ‘North Korea Attacks’ Youtube banner ad for #Homefront is the most tasteful use of advertising i’ve ever seen.”

We can all understand the agressions of these Youtube users as you can clearly see how attractive the banner was.

And the related trailer was this:

I also find it a bit comical and it will be interesting to know whether there was a permission taken from Hilary Clinton.

What do you guys think about the entire incident? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • PrivatePyle

    Haha, it’s not tasteful at all, but I can’t help but find it comical for some reason…and yet still awesome. Risky move I think, but they got what advertisements are meant to do, and that’s to get you noticed.

    Did Hilary Clinton give any permission for this though? Although, I don’t think it will get too much notice with Japan’s travesty on everyone’s minds.

    • @ Privatepyle Any elected official in the USA does not have to consent to use what they say. It is public domain

    • shastyxmcnasty

      yah, once its said anyone can run with it, I cant believe people thought this was real…morons

    • PrivatePyle

      @ whatthe
      that’s an eye-opener
      Weird that Black Ops got crucified for using Nixon, JFK, Castro, and McNamara.
      I’m pretty ignorant of intellectual property laws, I’m usually taken back by what the public outcry is, makes me think twice before I see that it’s perfectly acceptable to do.

  • In the ad’s defense, it’s been out for a long time. I remember seeing it for the first time months ago, but still… with all the mass protests and rebellions and things happening in the world today, I don’t think it would be hard to convince people that NK was attacking.

    • PilarVIRUS

      Yeah, is was thinking the same exact thing. But, one thing I like about the game, them using possible events to craft the story.

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  • Are people really that gullible?? And unless im mistaken, they could have clicked on it, and then they would know its an ad… but you know, some people are just stupid. But i suppose the campaign has done its job, and that’s get recognition.

    • Honestly, if anyone thinks that this is real, they’ve got some gullibility issues. When was the last time you saw a news reporting on a tragedy that had this level of graphic iconography thrown in? The year “2011” with missiles replacing the ones? Honestly. Nevermind the fact that the stylized video and audio distortion at the very beginning of the video SCREAMS fake.

  • Pte

    As an Australian guy who most likely have to fight in a potential war on the Korean peninsula, I went from “HOLY SHIT” to “What the.. you fucking pricks” in 2 seconds. It was a lame marketing stunt, but it certainly got a reaction.

    It’s a serious thing to play with, and the only reason I think they did it in Australia was that everyone would click on it and that no-one outside Australia would really care what how we felt about it. If this was done in America with ‘Breaking News: Terrorists Attack!’, shit would have hit the fan.

    • It was done in America btw.. Nobody seemed to care.

    • shastyxmcnasty

      lol I was shocked to hear anyone took this seriously…does anyone remember the picketing for Dantes Inferno, all that was staged…its what developers are doing now, get a clue

  • PilarVIRUS

    WOW! That’s actually kinda funny….

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  • It says “Close Ad” right there in the corner…

    • shastyxmcnasty

      thats what I thought to…if it was late breaking news why would you be able to close the ad

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  • doub7

    This kinda thing has bein goin on since ppl heard radio broadcasts of war of the worlds & thought there was an alien invasion. Pretty funny imo.

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