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Neil French , Two Sides to Every Story

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Neil French's sudden non-appearance at a Singapore AdAsia conference, held November 21-23, isn't news. What's news are comments he made in a Singapore newspaper article run a day prior to the show in which he tried to claim it's not just woman who are "crap" because they make time for family, it's men too. French claims, according to Ad Age, children are "incompatible with the long hours needed to become a top creative." Perhaps hammering yet another nail into his anachronistic coffin and hinting fatherhood is for wimps, French told the paper he hasn't seen his only child, an eight year-old boy in months. Keep smokin' that cigar, Neil but humbly suggest you give that Cat Steven's song, Cats in the Cradle, a listen. It's got a message for you.

Of course, one could claim the above is written from an overly PC, American viewpoint. If you flip the coin though and acknowledge cultural differences between America and Singapore, where French has spent most of his career, French comes out smelling like roses as indicated by a comment reportedly made by a creative who said, during a dinner attended by French and, we assume, the Ad Age reporter who reported it, "You have to look at this through a cultural filter. In Singapore, its still legal to beat your wife."

21-Nov-05 » File under: Industry Events , Opinion , Trends and Culture Comment (0)

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