About a year ago, I was in the mall with my
14 15 littleÂ sister, who I like to pretend still does not know what the male species is packin’, despite having a nephew. I also like to pretend she doesn’t know where my nephew came from. But I know I’m living a pipe dream. Because on that day in the mall, after surviving the curtain of scent that hangs from the entrance, we encountered the bottle of perfume above. Except it wasn’t just the size of the bottle. There was a poster of that image taking up the whole damn wall.Â Dude is buck-nakey.
Sometimes I am so inappropriate I could make Howard Stern blush. BUT (no pun intended, seriously), I was so uncomfortable and I’m pretty sure I forbade her to look in the direction of that particular wall. I was appalled. I know some adults still shop there (stop it, btw), but mostly, I think it’s high school kids. What this image is suggesting is NOT selling perfume and is so unnecessary. In my opinion.
Maybe A&F has always been controversial in their advertisements, whatever, they get talked about in the news (or used to) but I don’t know if anyone really protests it. But the latest in controversial advertising, from Urban Outfitters:
There are organizations protesting this one. Both are obviously sexualized and suggestive. But when I flipped through the catalog, I almost instantaneously knew it was going to be a problem, even though there’s waaay more clothing on. I have to admit, the protective-sister thing kicked in here too. I’m not trying to offend anyone, and I do think it’s bullshit that the organization behind it is the same one that tried to boot Ellen Degeneres from being the face of JCPenney.Â My stance is that the clothes – and the skinny ass models -Â should sell the clothes.