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Open to Interpretation…? Maybe not.

Open to Interpretation..? Maybe not.

Finally, a piece of art I can wrap my head around – a white socialite perched atop a chair consisting of a naked black female and a cushion. Sounds comfy.

Of course, this photo isn’t’ just great because of the fact that the “chair” is a black woman, but that it’s a woman period. I’m not too keen on feminism anyway, so who cares if this picture is working to disintegrate all of the progress women as a gender have made over the past century and a half. Not only does this woman have the privilege of being used as an object, but her abuser is indeed a white woman. Go girl power!

Disclaimer: This is obviously sarcasm. I do not support the use of human beings as chairs, couches, beds, or tables.

Join the movement, don’t become a piece of furniture.

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Interact With The Consumer By…Pushing Them Away?

Interact With The Consumer By...Pushing Them Away?

While we all adore the well-known Got Milk campaign created by Goodby Silverstein (http://goodbysilverstein.com/), these ads created for Meiji instigate laughter and perhaps surprise among consumers.

These interactive advertisements are demonstrating the effects of drinking milk regularly: 1. You will become stronger and 2. You might turn into a Sumo Wrestler.

We’ve all been there before, attempting to open an unnecessarily heavy door in front of curious onlookers, in which case you immediately give a determined heave or shove and hurry away. This time, it will look like someone is pushing back, perhaps making you feel a little better about it, while simultaneously reminding you to drink Meiji’s milk

So drink up fellow door-pushers! Lest you get caught weak-handed again.

Sisley Ad: Fashion Junkie

Sisley Ad: Fashion Junkie

This picture is part of the 2007 Chinese advertising campaign for Sisley, which bears the tagline: “Fashion Junkie.” This ad is not only associating “shopaholism” with serious addictions such as alcoholism and drug addiction, but it seems to be promoting the use of these substances in order to depict their brand as “addictive” and “hip”.

While I’m not exactly keen on our culture’s consistent theme of “shop, buy, toss out, and repeat steps 1-3,” portraying shoppers as hungrily thin teen girls slumped over a table, sporting skimpy attire and bloodshot eyes, is both shocking and potentially hazardous considering the vast reach and penetrating impact of today’s media. Sure, this ad could have been created to intentionally generate shock value — either way, I know very few people who would view this ad as motivation to shop there.

I will be first to admit that I enjoy my share of controversial ads that may be pushing society’s boundaries of humor or sex, but this campaign is justifying the harmful use of dangerous substances by essentially categorizing them next to a girl’s passion for Loui Vuitton handbags and Jimmy Choo stilettos.

This campaign takes the phrase, “Beauty is Pain,” to a whole new level. Apparently now it’s also a synonym for  “Addiction” and “Anorexia”, not to mention “Nudity” (left side of photo).