There is a new advertising campaign under way aimed at preventing people downloading illegal films. It centres on an individual known as Knock-off Nigel.
In the advert, a man dressed like a 70’s porn star serenades an office with tales of this despicable man, Knock-off Nigel. Nigel, it seems, likes to download films from off of the Internet. According to the porn star’s song, this makes him a ‘grubby little man’ who also commits other heinous crimes against his colleagues. Such as stealing money from whip rounds, and taking your food from the fridge. I can only assume he mentions these crimes in the song because these crimes are EXACTLY the same as downloading a film.
I actually see this advert as a sign of success for the anti-piracy campaigners. This move to target slightly grubby office workers who must mean they have beaten their previous foes, as they are no longer telling us that counterfeit films “Support terrorists and drug dealers”.
It is a bit of a step down from terrorists, drug dealers and organised crime, to focussing on people who take your sandwiches from the fridge, but I admire their community minded campaign. Linking crimes such as lunch-theft and ‘sneaking coins out of the whip round’ to ‘downloading films’ takes a certain level of skill, and possibly years of studying criminology. I think it only fair that the advertisers tell us what else we should be looking out for, after all, they have done the research.
But why stop there? By the same crime escalation logic whereby committing Crime A means you also commit Crime X, the guy in the office who smacks the secretary’s arse is probably a closet rapist who bums dogs in his spare time. I think they should tell us everything they know.