What was intended to be a joke turned into a major controversy when a European private English language school featured First Lady Melania Trump on their billboard. The signs were displayed across Zagreb, the Croatian capital.
The billboards featured a photo of Melania Trump standing before an American flag, accompanied by the words, "Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English."
According to ABC News, the signs were meant to persuade Croats to learn English at the American Institute. They used the first lady's "personal experience" to try to accomplish their goal.
On Tuesday, however, the signs were removed when Melania's lawyer threatened a lawsuit. Natasa Pirc-Musar, Melania's Slovenian lawyer, released a statement about the situation after the school removed the signs.
She said, "I'm satisfied with the fact that the school admitted that they violated the law and that they are ready to remove the billboards and (Facebook) ads. We are still analyzing possible further legal steps."
Ivis Buric, a spokeswoman for the school, said that the campaign was very successful because of the attention it received. However, she still issued an apology and explanation for the situation.
She said, "We are very sorry that the billboards were misunderstood as something intended to mock the U.S. first lady. It was meant to be something positive, to show her as a role model."
This is not the first time that Melania's image has been used for marketing purposes in Slovenia and nearby countries. She hired the law firm in order to protect herself from situations like these.
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