Political Louis Vuitton Ad Has No Real Political Message 38131
When flipping through the New Yorker for cartoons, the ad above always gave us pause. Mikhail Gorbachev, aka birthmark head, was the last leader of the USSR. A Louis Vuitton bag is like the least communist object ever. Mikhail Gorbachev and Louis Vuitton are both too serious for irony, so what???s the deal?
Well, it turns out that the headline on the magazine in his bag reads ???The Murder of Litvinenko: They Wanted to Give Up the Suspect for $7,000.??? Alexander V. Litvinenko was K.G.B. spy who accused Vladmir Putin of poisoning him.
The mystery deepens. Was Gorbachev making a subtle dig at the ???free??? regime in Russia?
Louis Vuitton, its advertising agency and Gorbachev deny any such motive, and say the magazine was picked randomly.
Rest assured: the only goal of the Louis Vuitton ad was to move bags. Clearly, there???s no message more important than that
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