One Million Moms is a Conservative organization that, among other things, gets its panties in a twist every time a major advertiser shows gay people in its advertising. They must really hate this new spot for Honey Maid.
It's a very inclusive commercial. There's a gay couple and their sons. An interracial straight couple and their kids. A young dad who's covered in tattoos.
This Honey Maid spot manages to be really nice without venturing into sappy. I really like it.
And can we give Honey Maid extra props for focusing on dads? Not that there's anything wrong with moms, it's just that most parents depicted in advertising are mothers. It's refreshing to see an advertiser show extra appreciation for fathers.
There's some controversy over Anna Wintour's decision to put Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of the April 2014 edition of Vogue magazine. Vogue has always been a high-class fashion magazine while Kim Kardashian is famous for being famous. And Kanye is, well, Kanye.
Recently cosmetics brand NARS announced that the gorgeous Charlotte Rampling is the face of its 20th Anniversary campaign. Ms. Rampling is 68 and says she's never had any cosmetic surgery. I believe her. Judge for yourself.
Even more recently, fashion brand Marc Jacobs announced it's named the gorgeous in her own right Jessica Lange the face of the brand's beauty line. Ms. Lange is 64. If she's had any work done on her face it was very little. She looks like a sixty-ish-year-old woman.
It's a beautiful piece of advertising that celebrates diversity, peace and commonality among the many people of the United States.
And that pissed off a lot of assholes.
From a New Times article by Stuart Elliott:
In attacking the Coca-Cola commercial, some commenters appropriated a hashtag that Coca-Cola used to designate its spot, #AmericaIsBeautiful, while others used the hashtag #BoycottCoke or coined hashtags that referred to Coke with obscenities. “This ad makes me NEVER want to drink Coke again,” said a participant in the Ace Metrix Super Bowl ad report.
Also unhappy was Allen West, a former Tea Party congressman, who psoted on his blog comments that included this: “If we cannot be proud enough as a country to sing ‘America the Beautiful’ in English in a commercial during the Super Bowl, by a company as American as they come — doggone we are on the road to perdition. This was a truly disturbing commercial for me, what say you?”
Todd Starnes, a Fox News commentator, posted on his Twitter feed remarks like “Coca-Cola is the official soft drink of illegals crossing the border” and “Couldn’t make out that song they were singing. I only speak English.” And Glenn Beck, on his radio show Monday, denounced the commercial by rewriting a vintage brand slogan: “‘Hey, have a Coke and we’ll divide you.’”
The complainers sound like a bunch of ignoramuses willfully missing the point.
It wasn't bad enough that Lululemon's founder blamed the company's too-sheer yoga pants on "women's rubbing thighs," a Lululemon store in Bethesda, Maryland, celebrated the holiday season with a window that says:
Cups of Chai Apple Pie Rubbing Thighs?
The Internet called them out on it and Lululemon has since taken down the offending window advertising.