Sunday, April 23, 2017

On the sacrilege of changing the YES detergent signature

Composite artwork based on the new Yes TVC by Tarek Chemaly
Regardless of what I feel (or rather do not feel) about the new Yes detergent TV ad, I am truly appalled by the ending frame prior to the packshot. Yes detergent has built an iconic signature since 1977 (when the first advertising featuring Abou Fouad - the legendary household extraordinaire who inspired my book 3 bi 1 - came to our screens) to the tune of "lal ghassil, lal jali w lal tondif" (for laundry, for dish washing and for mopping). The new ad changed those words - which have been drilled into the unconscious of the Lebanese population - into "lal jali, lal tondif, lal na2e3" (for dish washing, for (toilet) cleaning/scrubbing (formerly referred to as mopping), for (clothes) dipping/soaking).
I am at a loss of words!
Who had this idea to begin with?
Who approved it?
Who let it out to the public?
If you want to change legendary slogans (terms I do not use lightly!) then please come up with a different concept altogether..
Sorry, some things are inadmissible, and this is one of them.

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