Believe me, I’m a sucker for good old fashioned stunt marketing. So it’s no wonder that Greenpeace caught my attention on Wednesday. They draped a 2,300 sq. ft. banner down the side of Lincoln’s noggin on Mount Rushmore. According to the proudly arrested Matt Leonard on his blog, they…
“…hung this banner on the opening day of the G8 meetings in Italy, and while the Senate looks to debate the Waxman-Markey bill - the first piece of comprehensive climate legislation in the US (and industry and many Democrats have rendered the bill more harmful than helpful).”
CNN captured the stunt as it happened and interviewed park-goers to get their reaction. Judging by the anger, makes you wonder if Greenpeace’s ambitious bit of environmental marketing actually generated positive sentiment to their cause and global warming?
One thing’s for sure, they could’ve used better creative direction to make the banner resonate more with the commoner. Perhaps a thought bubble above Lincoln that said, “Is it hot out here, or is it just me?” Now that’s the kind of stuff the National park visitor can appreciate, and it would’ve gotten a few chuckles from the parking lot.
What do you think? Does this make Greenpeace look silly, radical, relevant, important, thought provoking, what…?