Melania Trump ads removed from Croatian capital after legal threat

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Cars drive past a billboard in Zagreb
Cars drive past a billboard in Zagreb depicting Melania Trump, advertising a language school

 

Billboards that includes Melania Trump and the slogan “Simply think about how far you possibly can go along with a bit little bit of English” have been faraway from the Croatian capital after her lawyer threatened authorized motion.

The billboards have been a part of a advertising and marketing marketing campaign by a personal language faculty in Zagreb, which tried to influence Croats to be taught English by reminding them of the Slovenian-born US first woman’s private expertise.

Trump’s Slovenian lawyer demanded that the billboards, displaying her delivering a speech standing earlier than a fluttering American flag, be eliminated instantly.

“I’m glad with the truth that the varsity admitted that they violated the regulation and that they’re able to take away the billboards and (Fb) adverts,” Nataša Pirc-Musar instructed the Related Press. “We’re nonetheless analysing attainable additional authorized steps.”

Trump has employed the regulation agency to guard her picture, which has appeared on numerous merchandise in her native Slovenia, together with muffins, underwear and tourism ads.

Pirc-Musar stated the varsity has apologised for the billboards, however that the assertion additionally wanted to be printed by the Croatian and Slovenian state information companies.

“We’re very sorry that the billboards have been misunderstood as one thing supposed to mock the US first woman,” Ivis Buric, a spokeswoman for the varsity, the American Institute, stated. “It was meant to be one thing constructive, to point out her as a task mannequin.”

Buric admitted that the brief promoting marketing campaign turned out to be “very profitable” due to the broad publicity it obtained regionally and internationally. She stated the varsity supposed to place up new billboards, this time with out Trump’s picture.

Trump was born in neighbouring Slovenia as Melanija Knavs. She left the nation in her 20s to pursue a global modelling profession earlier than assembly Donald Trump at a style week celebration in New York in 1998.

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