Archive for “offensive ads”

too hot for Facebook?

Posted in Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, News & Media with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by urban crawler

“The image of this ad is either irrelevant or inappropriate. Per sections 3 and 8 of Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines, the image on your ad should be relevant and appropriate to the item being advertised. Make sure your image is directly relevant to what you are advertising. Images that are overly explicit, provocative, or that reveal too much skin are not allowed. Images that may either degrade or idealize any health condition or body type are also not allowed. If you choose to submit this ad again, please use an appropriate image that adheres to all of Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines.”

lola_adThis is the ad for the upcoming film,  And Then Came Lola, that was banned by Facebook for the stated reasons above.  Understandably, it has angered the filmmakers who are now striking back on its Facebook fan page and calling the ban hypocritical and unfairly targeted against LGBT materials.  Check on sites like AfterEllen and Jezebel and you’ll see the buzz that’s already created by many who share in denouncing Facebook.  Well, with the recent Amazon controversy still fresh, it’s easy to quickly jump on the bandwagon and call it yet another attack on gays and lesbians, but I for one will have to side with Facebook on this one…hate to say it, but it’s true.  If you’re to read the statement above carefully, I think it’s pretty clear that this picture did not pass the guidelines due to its explicit and provocative nature and I believe it wouldn’t have made any difference had it featured two women and a man or two men and a woman.  Dont’ get me wrong, I think the picture is sexy as hell and tastefully done, but you can’t blame Facebook for following their set rules.  Now, show me a similar picture with straight people that was allowed by Facebook and I’ll change my mind in a heartbeat.

Update…(4.29.09)
Facebook has now reversed their decision, so now everyone can drool over the picture!  The trailer looks pretty hot as well…

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Women in Ads – crossing the line

Posted in News & Media with tags , , , , on April 24, 2009 by urban crawler

dolce gabbana ad

durex fake ad

I came across these pictures at the beginning of the week and have been wanting to blog about it and I’m just now getting around to it…it’s been that kind of week.  The original blog post and rest of the pictures can be found here.  I  found these two pictures to be especially disturbing and offensive and I had to do some research to get additional info.  Well, I’m happy to report that the Durex condom ad turned out to be a fake, although it’s true identity is not very clear when you first google it.  Apparently, it was a spoof of this Burger King ad:

burger king ad

I’m more shocked that a major fashion icons like Dolce & Gabbana would be so irresponsible in producing such a suggestive ad which glorifies violence against women.  This was part of their 2007 ad campaign which I never saw until now and apparently the designers subsequently apologized and pulled the ad, but not without issuing a statement that they were merely “…looking to recreate a game of seduction in the campaign and highlight the beauty of our collections,”.  Huh?  Are you kidding me?  Since when was a gang rape mistaken for a game of seduction and how do bunch of oily shirtless men pinning down a woman highlight their designs?  It’s one thing to produce provocative ads because we all know that sex sells, but this is clearly one case where a line has been crossed.

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