The following is an excerpt of an article written by: Simon Veksner on THURSDAY, APRIL 02, 2009.
Beginning his article with that famous rallying call, a guy called Anubis has done a truly exceptional job of exposing the full extent of the scams of FP7 Doha (see post of two days ago, and thanks to everyone who drew my attention to this).
For example, he shows how they even doctored the packs in a series of print ads for a brand of mouthwash, to make them more aesthetically pleasing and hence awardable:
Anyway, we can’t expect Cannes or the other awards organisers to do anything about the problem. They depend on entry fees. And on Agencies’ honesty.
And I doubt individual jurors can do anything. If we throw out a piece of work because it ‘smells fishy’, we run the risk of undermining the efforts of people who’ve legitimately busted their balls to get an ad shot and run on their own initiative.
The name-and-shame approach that Anubis is adopting seems like the best course of action to me.
ANUBIS was a very old god of the ancient Egyptians, universally worshipped throughout the land and became considered the gatekeeper and ruler of the underworld; the “Guardian of the veil“ he was “Lord of the Cleansing Room” and the opener of the roads of the North. “He observed the weighing of the deceased’s heart against the feather of Maat [Truth] and reported his findings to the jury of the gods.