NRL makes major changes to new TV ad with Tina Turner at the last minute after fans have noticed blunders
Red-faced NRL officials were forced to make last-minute changes to their new television ad to promote the 2020 season after a series of embarrassing blunders had initially gone unnoticed.
The two-minute ad split rugby league fans and sent social media into the melt when it first aired on Monday night, 11 days after the start of the season.
The new Simply the Best advertisement for Tina Turner’s hit is a tribute to the most famous advertisement of all time in the competition and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the iconic campaign with the American singer.
A young Jake and Tom Trbojevic in the new NRL advertisement from 1996 – the year in which Tom was born
Fans with eagles with eyes quickly saw various blunders, including images of Manly brothers Jake and Tom Trbojevic playing in the backyard, dating back to 1996.
“Hello NRL, only on your new advertisement for 2020, you know Tom Trbojevic (born on October 2, 1996),” tweets a fan of Sea Eagles.
The advertisement also contained references to the infamous and bitter Super League war in the mid-1990s, which split the code into two parts, which have since been removed.
There is another blunder in footage of the massive protest march of South Sydney fans in November 2000 after their club was kicked out of the NRL.
The advertisement shows a fan at the protest wearing a Rabbitohs sweater with Sutton on the back.
Rabbitoh’s champion John Sutton made his debut for Zuid four years later.
Don’t call the war! References to the bitter Super League war have since been omitted
An earlier version of the advertisement sent to news stores showed scenes from Bulldogs legend Hazem El Masri’s final game for the club.
The scene starts with the words’ Belmore 2010 when his last match in 2009, the Daily telegram reported.
Other fans hit the ad because they were politicized after scenes from Latrell Mitchell were draped in an Aboriginal flag and the famous images of the women State of Origin couple Karina Brown and Vanessa Foliaki kissing after a match last year sparked controversy.
The pre-match tribute of American rapper Macklemore to same-sex marriage at the 2017 grand finale can also be seen.
The footage of the protest march in 2000 shows a Souths fan with the name Sutton in the background, four years before club legend John Sutton made his debut
“We like the footy to get away from politics and nonsense of advocacy, and we loved the original because it was aimed at footy! Ruined, “a man tweeted.
Today, host Karl Stefanovic also presented the debate.
‘How do you reconcile the game if you only have a photo of Latrell Mitchell with the Aboriginal flag around him? That’s not unifying, it’s divided … “he said during Tuesday’s show.
There were some fans who defended the controversial advertisement.
‘The few who criticize the NRLs’ Still Simply The Best campaign must look in the mirror. Mitchell wrapped in an Aboriginal Flag, Foliaki and Brown kisses, and showing Macklemore is not political correctness, it is called “progress,” a fan said.
Another added: “People do not understand the meaning of inclusion. It is not “making a political statement,” it tells everyone that they are welcome to be rugby league fans. The old, white, straight men who are triggered by this must realize that not every NRL fan (or potential fan) is exactly like them. “
The ad also includes memorable moments from the last 30 years, including Darren Albert’s attempt in the last seconds to win Newcastle their first premiership in 1997 and the magical film pass from Benji Marshall of Wests Tigers in the 2005 grand finale.
A scene from the ad with Latrell Mitchell on the beach with an Aboriginal flag draped around him has led to public outrage
Turner met NRL stars dressed in sweaters, played footy on the beach and danced on stage in the 1990 iconic ad from the NRL. This year is the 30th anniversary of the iconic advertisement
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg defended the new advertisement, despite the blunders, controversy and public play.
“This campaign has been celebrating the best moments in and out of the field in the last 30 years and recognizes some of the challenges we have overcome,” he said.
“It also reflects on the impact of rugby league in Australian communities and how our game brings communities and cultures together like no other.”
“We have always stood for inclusion and the campaign addresses some of the most important social issues.”
The ad also shows Karina Brown and Vanessa Foliaki kissing after a women’s State of Origin game last year – which has caused controversy and backlash from fans