Nike tennis coach ad withdrawn from Australian airwaves

Badland: 

Nike's new global ad, a spot on depiction of giggly teenage girls that have a crush on their handsome tennis instructor, has been withdrawn, due to it's terrible timing really. Less than two weeks ago, high-profile tennis coach Gavin Hopper was jailed for three-and-a-half years for indecently assaulting a 14-year-old student in the mid-1980s and somehow this ad reminds people of that. Nike has apologised for the "insensitive" ad Stuff.co.nz reports;

"We have decided to axe the commercial in question given current community concerns regarding recent events and our own position on the matter," Nike Australia Managing Director Tony Balfour said in a statement."We apologise to those who have been offended by the television commercial."

The commercial can be viewed here in the commercial archive by super adgrunts. The timid teenagers all turn into hard hitting Serena Williams in their bid to impress their instructor. The tagline explains "You are faster than you think".

Comments (4)

  • Hygge's picture
    Hygge

    They didn't withdraw it in Europe... It's still on air today!

    Aug 22, 2004
  • deeped's picture
    deeped

    The only withdraw it down under.

    Aug 22, 2004
  • claymore's picture
    claymore

    This is truly an anomaly in the highest sense - somebody read the copy but not the headline!

    Aug 22, 2004
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    Bwahaha! Sorry Gezellig, but that was grappig. ;)

    Aug 22, 2004

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