Latest in Advertising

Image credit:

White House miffed after Samsung uses an Obama selfie as an ad

11 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Did you catch the selfie that the Red Sox's David Ortiz took with President Barack Obama? That was a great instance of cultural zeitgeist, wasn't it? However, Samsung also has a deal with Ortiz that let it use the shot (taken with a Galaxy Note 3) in a Twitter ad -- and the White House isn't very happy. The administration tells CBS that it didn't realize the baseball star's photo could be used as an Oscars-style marketing ploy. Officials aren't asking anyone to take pictures down after the fact, but they hint that they might not have approved the photo if they'd known about the possible financial incentives. For his part, Ortiz insists that it was a sincere, spur-of-the-moment shot -- while Samsung pays him, he couldn't exactly promise an Obama photo op. We're inclined to believe Big Papi, but something tells us that the President may be a little more camera shy in the future.

[Image credit: David Ortiz, Twitter]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
11 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

'Fortnite' Chapter 2 Season 2 is all about secret agents and Deadpool

'Fortnite' Chapter 2 Season 2 is all about secret agents and Deadpool

View
Samsung mistakenly pushed '1' notifications to Galaxy phones worldwide

Samsung mistakenly pushed '1' notifications to Galaxy phones worldwide

View
Gmail turns its inbox filters into clickable 'search chips'

Gmail turns its inbox filters into clickable 'search chips'

View
Snapchat's latest AR filters turn the floor into lava

Snapchat's latest AR filters turn the floor into lava

View
Reuters: UK Google users will lose GDPR protections

Reuters: UK Google users will lose GDPR protections

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr