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Comment by Wayne Cezair on June 15, 2012 at 7:10pm

Some time ago the Absolut company conceived an ad campaign featuring the best artistes of the world, paid them handsomely and used their creativity to create Absolute themed artwork (photography etc.) using their signature style. So for example there could have been an Absolut Minshall featuring some carnival creation with an Absolute theme using Minshall's signature work (probably his puppets). This was a very tasteful and creative campaign.

Whomever decided to do this monstrosity obviously could not have had the approval of the Absolut company and was probably some absolutely untalented designer who came up with that eyesore. It's the worst representation of the pan I've ever seen and there is absolutely no redeeming value about it, neither in it's representation of the pan or for that matter the Absolut brand.

Perhaps someone should bring it to the attention of the Absolut who I'm sure would have something to say about having it removed since I doubt anyone here would do anything about it. I can't understand how or why a commercial entity would be allowed to put up what amounts to a billboard in a public space. Especially something as ugly as that.

Comment by vera m haynes on June 2, 2012 at 2:59pm


Comment by jerome ebenezer clarke on June 2, 2012 at 8:57am

The question is ,,was it willfuly or premeditatedly done.

Comment by Val Serrant on June 2, 2012 at 5:13am
ABSOLUTELY,STOP PUSHING DE 'RUM/ALCOHOL-HEAD'...with PAN...& GENERALLY!*It IS Time,NOW...To STOP Tryin' Tuh Impress Upon Our Children & Others,The FALSE Notion That They:-"Cyah Make Ah Note,Unless Dey 'Take Ah Drink'!" Who Say Yuh Cyah Play Good,Without Consumin' Alcohol?!?*All De Ignorance 'Bout:-'Take Ah Stiff One...Tuh Calm Yuh Nerves!",etc.,etc.
"SWEET-PAN"...(NOT 'Satan')..."RULES"! EVERYTIME! WAKE-UP EVERY-BODY...NOW! DO NOT SUCCUMB,Subliminally or OtHerwise,to the "Drunken Stupor"! We Eh Dotish! One Love...PAN! ASE-O!!!
Comment by joey manes on June 1, 2012 at 3:43pm

This flagrant disrespect makes one wonder as to who is responsible for letting this go.  When was this put up? Where is Pan Trinbago on this?  Advertisers should not be permitted to disregard our culture, irrespective of how much dollars got spent.  Somebody, please follow up on this!

Comment by John Henry on May 31, 2012 at 9:54pm
The following letter from P. Tombstone is meant to accompany the picture from John Henry.

May 20, 2012
Dear Pan and Culture Lovers,

I am truly sorry and I am tired! I have been standing outside the Jean Pierre Complex for many years…… insulting Trinidad and Tobago’s "national instrument."
Please ask the powers-that-be to remove me. Please bring me to the attention of Pan Trinbago and Mr. Peters (Arts and Multiculturalism Minister) and ask them to forgive the administration that gave permission to have me constructed and the advertising agency (local) that conceived me. All attempts in the past to relieve me of my dastardly plight have failed miserably.
I have done enough conscious, subliminal and psychological harm to "pan" and to those whose musical genius created and play me. In fact, my sponsor takes pride in this type of humiliating advertising internationally!
I apologize. Please do the right thing and relieve me of my plight. If this level of disrespect for me is allowed to continue, I may, one day, truly represent pans’ tombstone, in Trinidad and Tobago. Even worse, what kind of cultural legacy would I have left for generations to come?

Please forgive me.

P. Tombstone
Pans’ Tombstone

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