Ladies... Can we talk?
You know how I say sexist ads are bad for everyone, and that there's a balance of humor and emotion that needs to be reached for the character to evolve beyond the rock-hard abs, now he's just an object, so you know I'm not a fan. I'm not working for the type of equality where both genders have it equally bad.
One million moms have a point though: "The consumers they are attempting to attract — women and mothers — are the very ones they are driving away. Who will want Kraft products in their fridge or pantry if this vulgarity is what they represent?"
They're driving the women away because they're not actually talking to us. Look at these spreads, they look like "Playgirl" spreads. Have you ever seen anyone but a gay man buy Playgirl? What gay men find sexy, straight women find vulgar - this doesn't mean these one million moms are prudes. After all, they did breed. It's just that women have a different eye for sexy than men do. Nudity is not a trigger for women in the way it is for men. Sudden nudity between the pages of how to help your kids with homework and how to help your family eat healthy in the Mommy-magazines is an even bigger turn-off. It's like a flasher in the supermarket. Put that away, we're doing the grocery shopping here.
Even The Awl comes out to ask : "Did you ever think you'd be subjected to gay guys who are TV execs ogling you on-air while you're trying to stick to your agency-approved content delivery stratagems?" I have news for you Awl, it's not just the TV execs, it's the client and the ad agency too.
"What? I'm just licking some wood. Nothing to see here."
The Zesty guy is gaining momentum, he appears as a celebrity guest on Bravo, he's popular in forums where gay men would love to have him toss their salad. (Did you not see that coming, Kraft?)
The sex object tactic might work better on those Million Moms if it wasn't so clearly gay. I'm simply not the target, despite being a woman between ages 25-54. I don't follow Zesty on twitter either, because I don't work at TBWA (seems everyone who works there followed the account after it was temporarily suspended for spam). The other twitter fans? They want to know if Zesty guy is gay friendly.
@equalisright I have some absolutely amazing gay friends!
— Anderson Davis (@andersondavis) April 2, 2013
Leaving everyones sexual orientation alone for a minute (gay men buy salad dressing, don't they?), what really bothers me is that the ad is terrible. It's a cheap mans Old Spice, without the weird, without the amazing in-camera cuts, and without the humor. In short, without the budget and talent. It's just a pretty guy with his shirt off, showing his cleanly waxed chest. We've seen that before.
It tells me nothing about salad dressing, except that we're supposed to set it on fire.