A small Florida-based airline, which is developing a reputation for piggybacking their special offers off the scandals surrounding publicly-defaced figures, has chosen recently convicted former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich as the subject of their latest ad campaign, WBEZ reported.
On Tuesday, one day after Blagojevich's long-awaited conviction, Spirit Airlines launched an ad offering "f-ing golden" fares reported as low as $17 for a limited number of flights. The campaign references the phrase "heard around the world," perhaps his most notorious comment caught by FBI wiretaps.
"[W]e're guilty of selling seats but we don't expect to serve time," the ad reads, in reference to a jury's Monday finding of Blagojevich's guilt in all charges related to the alleged attempted sale of President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.
The airline company has previously parodied Tiger Woods, Charlie Sheen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and, most recently, former Congressman Anthony Weiner in their promotional copy. Last year, they mocked the Gulf Coast oil spill in a campaign titled "Check Out the Oil on Our Beaches." That campaign was pulled after only day last year.
Customers need to book their fares by midnight on June 29 to enjoy Spirit's drastically reduced "f-ing golden" fares, which equate to one dollar for each guilty verdict issued Monday, as NBC Chicago's Ward Room noticed Tuesday.