If you had to pick a Rihanna album that best described Greece’s attitude toward being caught out using footage of Australia’s ‘Twelve Apostles’ as part of a tourism campaign promoting Greece’s natural beauty, it would be Unapologetic.
Alternatively, Rude Boy (Radio Edit).
The Greek National Tourism Organisation, a phuckless body whose job it is to make Greece look like an unrivalled holiday destination, came under fire this weekend after it was revealed they’d used fifteen seconds of uncredited footage belonging to Australian photographer Alex Cherney in an international tourism campaign. The footage in question showed Victoria’s Twelve Apostles in a beautiful time lapse sequence embedded half way into a twelve minute video asserting that everything you see in the world is Greek, including the stars, everything Greek, don’t ask questions.
The ABC reported that Greece’s tourism board are unrepentant in their use of the footage, explaining in a statement that “The video is a dramatised narration to the presentation of Greece from an intimate perspective on all mankind, mythology, gods, heroes and all those elements which ‘gave’ the Greece humanity.“
Come again, love?
“The creator and artistic director of production explains that in line with the audio narration of this scene, consciously used a shot from Australia, the shot of the starry sky, to support artists, what the narrator describes. That almost all the world, wherever you turn around your eyes, you will meet an idea, a name that originated from Greece.Even the skies of Australia in the southern hemisphere, explains the artistic creator, when lift your eyes open, you will see stars and constellations that carry Greek names. The mythology of the sky at all latitudes and longitudes of the earth is Greek.”
Okay. Cherney has since been paid for the use of his footage, which, in the video’s original edit, featured alongside footage from Hitler’s favourite Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl’s documentary of the 1936 Berlin Olympics torch-lighting ceremony.
That footage has since been removed; the Twelve Apostles, however, will remain in the campaign, alongside the entire opening sequence from Xena: Warrior Princess and your last three ‘grams from Gordon’s Bay.