My gut reaction is that this doll is creepy. But I have a nagging feeling there's a politically correct reason for why I should embrace this doll and not be bothered by little girls wearing bras and pasties.
The TV commercial features closeups of real babies breastfeeding on real breasts, so if you work at a company that would find that objectionable, don't click the link.
In the 1960s, when I was a kid, it was still legal for advertisers to target children directly. Most toy commercials ended with the voiceover suggesting something like, "Ask mom and dad to buy you one."
Some think advertising today surreptitiously targets kids. Well, it kind of does.
I once worked on some ads selling children's books based on Disney characters. The ads were most definitely targeting parents. However, we made sure that the look of the ads would appeal to children.
The thinking was, parents who were impressed with the ads would likely show them to their toddlers and ask, "Honey, would you like these books?" Making sure Junior loved what he saw was certainly one of our objectives.
I didn't consider that unethical in the least. What do you think?
The following Play-Doh ads are obviously targeting parents and their grownup sense of humor. Some parents will never-the-less find them inappropriate. And although they cracked me up, I would agree.