by Herman Manson (@marklives) Controversy has erupted over the authenticity of quotes attributed to apartheid prime minister, Dr HF Verwoerd, and current US president, Donald J Trump, in a Gold Loeries award-winning radio ad produced for the Apartheid Museum by TBWA\Hunt Lascaris.

In the ad, “Past and Present”, purported statements by Verwoerd and Trump are placed in such a way as to show similar attitudes by the men.

Verwoerd starts: “By now, every one of us has seen practically that blacks cannot rule themselves.”
Trump: “They are bringing drugs, they are bringing crime, they are rapists…”
Verwoerd: “Give them guns, and they will kill each other. Let us all accept that the black man is a symbol of mental inferiority, laziness…”
Trump: “Laziness is a trait in blacks, it really is, I believe that.”
Verwoerd: “Blacks and whites need to adopt and develop divorced from each other.”
Trump: “We need to build a wall, and it has to be built quickly…”
Verwoerd: “That is all that the word apartheid means.”
Voiceover: “If the words of apartheid prime minister, Dr HF Verwoerd. and President of the United States, Donald J Trump, have taught us anything, it is that there has never been a better time to learn from the mistakes of our past. Start by visiting the Apartheid Museum today.”

Loeries investigation

Social media users pointed out discrepancies in the quotes attributed to Trump and Verwoerd on Facebook, including on the Facebook page of Graeme Codrington, co-founder of TomorrowToday, who then brought it to the attention of The Money Show on 702.

The Loeries has now launched an investigation into the ad. “Due to the queries raised on the Apartheid Museum radio ad which was awarded a Gold Loerie, the Loeries is reviewing the entry, including a fact check of the content,” The Loeries tweeted on Friday morning, 24 August 2018. “As soon as this is done more information will be provided.”

Both the Apartheid Museum and TBWA\Hunt Lascaris have been approached for comment but neither has been forthcoming at the time of publication. We will update the story as they respond.

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One reply on “#Loeries2018 controversy over TBWA’s Apartheid Museum ad”

  1. Herman. Thanks for the article and I hope the full truth will come out, in the end, one way or another. I don’t want to be given any credit in the matter but it was me who first brought the anomalies to the attention of Graeme Codrington. He continuously accuses me as somebody that just want to rewrite Afrikaner history when all I’m asking for is a balance when we view our troubled past. I, therefore, find his reluctance to name me in person somewhat strange as if he still cant get around to give any Afrikaans speaking person any credit. Be that as it may, I dislike disinformation with a passion and that was my sole motivation in researching what was ascribed to Trump and Verwoerd further. I hope that the full truth come out in this matter so that the air can be cleared by all involved. Regards

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