26 January 2014 - 10:40am | posted by | 1 comment

Tyrrells unwittingly uses image of renowned Welsh poet sparking picture row

Tyrrells was "humbled" it hadn't recognised the poet soonerTyrrells was "humbled" it hadn't recognised the poet sooner

Tyrrells has been criticised for unwittingly using an image of renowned Welsh poet R.S. Thomas to promote its £25,000 prize giveaway.

Dr Jeremy Noel-Tod noticed the image of the late Thomas being used to promote the tongue-in-cheek competition, which invites customers to suggest captions for old photographs, and promptly complained the gourmet snack company via social media.

Speaking to the press, Noel-Tod said Tyrrells brand positioning as "Handcooked English Crisps" would have been enough to argue the fiercely Welsh nationalist, who would have been "deeply contemptuous of the whole business".

He commented: "My reaction was a mixture of real amusement at the absurdity of it and real anger that a respected poet should suffer such an undignified posthumous fate for the sake of selling overpriced fried potatoes.

"It does seem to me to raise a real ethical question about the casual appropriation of images of the supposedly anonymous dead for jocular commercial purposes."

A Tyrrells spokesperson said that the images was chosen "solely for the look" and that the brand was "humbled we didn't recognised R.S. Thomas sooner".

The complaint follows Rihanna's legal battle with Topshop after it used her image on items of clothing without her permission, and tattoo artist, Richard Elsby, finding out his photo featured on a bestselling t-shirt for worldwide retailer H&M.

Comments

26 Jan 2014 - 17:54
paulljcatlow

I considered posting in Welsh, but I guess your site would pull anything not written in English. So to quote the poet:

"I am a man now. Pass your hand over my brow. You can feel the place where the brains grow."

Unless, seemingly, you work for Tyrells or their advertising agency.... pass your hand over those brows and it will disappear into a pit...

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