“In reflection of recent feedback, the copy we used in our recent catalog was inappropriate and in poor taste. Bloomingdales’ sincerely apologizes for this error in judgment.”
‘Tis a pity there is no process by which people can look at the advertising for their company before it is released and decide, for example, that an ad makes it look like the company condones sexual assault, and – this is the important bit – not run the stinkin’ ad.
And perhaps the company, after everyone finishes saying “What the hell was THAT all about?” could send a sharply worded note to the advertising company that was going to charge who knows what kind of money to make it appear that the company thinks sexual assault is a kind of funny, wink-wink, nudge-nudge thing, instead of a violent crime that can never, ever be funny, even when it is in expensive holiday catalogs between pictures of attractive people.
But apparently, there is no such process. That’s why earlier this year Anheuser-Busch was forced to watch helplessly as it issued “beer” with labels bearing the slogan “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”
These things just happen.
Really, its as random as lightning strikes. The problem certainly isn’t that we still live in a culture where violence against women is so acceptable, so normal, that a roomful of people can look at these ads and say “Looks good to me!”
Now please shut up about the war against women.