Nigeria demands apology from Sony

by · September 8, 2009

If you live in the US, you have probably seen the new PS3 ‘rumor control’ commercials that announce the price cut for the system.

The commercial (which is at the bottom of the post if you haven’t already seen it) features an internet rumor monger talking about the price cut talking with the Sony ‘Director of Rumor Confirmation’. This director refuses to acknowledge the price cut, despite being surrounded with signs and logos saying $299.

During their chat, he goes on to say “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet. Otherwise, I’d be a Nigerian millionaire by now.”

Now this apparently upset the Nigerian government, who are quite miffed that Sony have made a joke of something anyone with an email addy has all too often experienced over the last 10 years.

Here is what they had to say, courtesy of

The Minister of Information and Communication, Prof Dora Akunyili said contrary to the insinuations being made, “Nigeria remains a major investment destination and a country where most businesses thrive in trust, good faith, competence and integrity.

According to the statement, “Nigeria also demands an unconditional apology from Sony Corporation for this deliberate negative campaign against the country’s image and reputation.

“The apology must be given the same measure of publicity by Sony Corporation in all channels where the unfortunate adverts were aired.

“In the light of the above, the Federal Government of Nigeria requests Sony Corporation to immediately withdraw that advertisement from circulation.”

Well I have to say that the Nigerian government really needs to get a sense of humor here. Maybe if they had been cracking down on these email fraudsters and tightening their apparently lax laws, then they might have some justification for being pissed, but as long as people keep getting these scam emails from their country, I hope Sony does not buckle.

Here is a link to the offending commercial (the embed wouldn’t work!) so feel free to judge for yourself and post a comment:

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