Airline ad pokes fun at Blagojevich
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday on 17 of 20 corruption counts.
June 29th, 2011
03:36 PM ET

Airline ad pokes fun at Blagojevich

Spirit Airlines' latest quirky marketing campaign takes a swing at convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The promotion on the deep-discount airline's website features a photo of a big-haired Blagojevich look-alike whose clothes turn into an orange prison jumpsuit before vertical bars close over the image.

"We got these fares and they're f-ing golden," the title says.

"We are guilty of selling seats but we don't expect to serve time," the sale page reads.

Blagojevich was convicted Monday of 17 of 20 corruption charges relating to his attempt to peddle President Obama's U.S. Senate seat after the 2008 presidential election. A federal grand jury indicted Blagojevich in April 2009.

At the time of his arrest, prosecutors said court-authorized wiretaps caught Blagojevich expressing frustration that Obama transition officials were "not willing to give me anything except appreciation."

"I've got this thing, and it's (expletive) golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for (expletive) nothing. I'm not gonna do it," Blagojevich was quoted as saying in an FBI recording.

The Miramar, Florida-based airline is known for responding to news events with irreverent marketing pushes. Earlier this month, without mentioning disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner, the airline launched a "weiner sale" touting $9 fares "too hard to resist."

It came up with an "Eye of the Tiger" sale just days after golfer Tiger Woods' 2009 auto accident; the cartoon ad showed a tiger crashing an SUV into a fire hydrant.

A Spirit ad during last summer's Gulf of Mexico oil spill didn't go over so well. It showed a woman slathered in suntan lotion (from a green-and-yellow bottle) with the invitation, "Check out the oil on our beaches!"

The current Spirit sale offers $17 one-way fares on certain round trips, available only to members of the airline's $9 Fare Club, which costs $59.95 a year. The sale ends at midnight ET Wednesday. The sale price does not include taxes, baggage fees and other fees.

Blagojevich's people were not amused. "No matter what you think about the former governor, most of the public knows he has a wife and two young daughters," Glenn Selig, a spokesman for Blagojevich, said Wednesday. "Nothing about what's happened is funny, and Spirit's marketing campaign is in poor taste."

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  1. banasy

    We've *all* got your number...

    June 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Oops...that was meant for JIF.

    June 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Good for you, bill.
    Good for you.

    June 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tree troll

    Coming soon to NBC, Cell Mates staring Barak Obama and Rod Blagojevich as the Mates. Ha ha.

    June 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bill

    Maybe this cursing thing is F ing funny after all, and to think all this time I may have been wrong.

    June 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bill

    Umm, no I was right the f ing first time.

    June 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    yes,its his hair AND his eyes,hes a cross between Donald Trump and Cyclops!

    June 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    I shoulda said EYE. Theyre so close together he may as well only have ONE.

    June 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    It does show a certain touch of class this profiting from other's misery. And hiring an ad agency. Nice touch.

    June 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Raven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!How the heck are you! Wow! It's been forever. (now watch, she won't even remember me)

    June 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Cyclops LMAO Blago and Bush could tag-team and still only rate one eye. I have a hard time trusting people with those eyes. (or eyes like Sarah Palin. She can look you square in the eye, only it's a rectangle)

    June 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Hey Philip, aCOURSE I member ya ! Its good to see you and I hope everythings well in your world!

    June 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tree troll

    Season1 intro. Obama and Rod in the shower Obama "Rod you seen my soap". Rod " no man it must be on the floor somewhere". Obama "there it is" scene2 as he bends over to pick it up a burly man walks in "you sure have a pu rty bu m boy"! Rod co cking one eye "hey you're on your own man I never signed up for this. Besides I told you to get soap on a rope"! Ending scene Obama with raised brow still bent over "oh boy"!

    June 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    What the....
    Philip, it's an airline making satirizing topical news stories. Of course they hired an ad agency to come up with their advertising...who do you expect them to hire? Roger Rabbit?

    Blago brought on his own misery.
    His wife and children are not in the ad.
    An airline is a business.
    Businesses are supposed to make a profit.
    You own your own business...don't you expect to make a profit, or are you in business for purely altruistic reasons?
    It's a hilarious ad, especially when one considers that he thought he was untouchable.

    June 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Ha ha! (ahem) he he...well, for my person my world is purty good. It's been rough elsewhere as you know. Our weather is way outta wack too. We had the most snow we've had in 20 yrs. up in the mountains, and we are 3-5 deg. above our avg. temp. now, daily, for months. All the rivers and streams are muddy. Not much fun to fish. What about Alaska way?

    June 29, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
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