Niel French apologises, maybe, for all that kerfluffle after his talk "A night with Neil French" arranged by ihaveanidea.org in Toronto, Canada last October
He says that french maid was as big of a surprise to him as it was to the audience, and:
"However to be a Creative Director in advertising requires a special kind of lunacy. A Creative Director is in charge of the welfare of the entire company, keeping wildly talented (but often weird) producers of work involved, dedicated, and willing to sweat
and strain over long hours and stupid deadlines for the good of the client and the firm. And these absurd conditions occur as unpredictably as earthquakes and tsunamis but more frequently.
To walk away from that responsibility would be utterly unprofessional and immediately disqualify anyone from holding the position."
I'd like to introduce French to many of my past Creative Directors, all men, who left work at 5:15 to pick up their kids from school and daycare, leaving me at the office burning the midnight oil as usual. But since that would take up too much of my precious time, I'll be content with reminding him that it's only advertising after all.