Sony pussies out over Nigeria complaints

The other day we ran a story about Nigeria’s ludicrous decision to be offended by a joke about the infamous “Nigerian Letter” scam in Sony’s latest PS3 commercials. While most reasonable people would expect Sony to ignore such a stupid and needless complaint, it’s transpired that Sony has lost its balls and apologized to the country for its perfectly acceptable joke. Not only that, the line has been cut from the advert.

“It has come to our attention that a recent TV advertisement for PlayStation may have offended some members of the Nigerian community,” snivels Sony. “We never intended to create a situation that would upset anyone, and we have taken action to immediately remove the advertisement from the air. We apologize to anyone this may have offended.”

The line has been changed. It originally stated, “You can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Otherwise, I’d be a Nigerian millionaire by now.” It now says, “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet. That’s how World War I got started.”

So, when German officials gets upset over Sony making claims about World War I, will it then issue another groveling apology and cater to the reactionary whims of a handful of morons? I don’t get how companies can be bare-faced assholes to their own customers, but as soon as someone from another culture gets offended by a joke, they bend over backwards to please them. Utterly pathetic. 

Sony should have told these arseholes where to get off. Just goes to show how much power the fear of looking slightly racist has over the average white rich man.

Jim Sterling