November 13, 2011

Dakota Fanning's Marc Jacobs Ad Got Banned


When I see Marc Jacobs' “Oh, Lola!” ad I see Dakota Fanning being cute. But when the British Advertising Standards Authority see this ad they see a skankasaurus giving the bedroom eye and holding the bottle in a sexual position. And so, they banned the ad with the following statement:

"We noted that the model was holding up the perfume bottle which rested in her lap between her legs and we considered that its position was sexually provocative. We understood the model was 17 years old but we considered she looked under the age of 16. We considered that the length of her dress, her leg and position of the perfume bottle drew attention to her sexuality. Because of that, along with her appearance, we considered the ad could be seen to sexualise a child. We therefore concluded that the ad was irresponsible and was likely to cause serious offense." 


If Dakota was a dude then holding the bottle in that position would be somewhat scandalous. And if people consider a chick putting something between her thighs is offensive, then I need to complain to HR about our team building where we had to balance a ping pong ball on a tennis racket between our legs. If only this controversy was a few months earlier then I could have skipped the event!

And if you ask me what an offensive Marc Jacobs ad would be, I would tell you:

1. "Oh Lola! A few fragrance for women, even the dead ones"
2. "Oh Lola! Wear it or I'll Chris Brown you"

And now all of the sudden Dakota’s ad looks rather tame, doesn’t it?