Shiny Suds ad pulled as it triggers rape flashbacks: loofah loofah loofah!

Adage reports that this Method ad from Droga5 was pulled after sexism complaints.

People Against Dirty - Shiny Suds - (2009) :70 (USA)

Little did attendees at the ANA or most commenters on YouTube and Twitter know, however, that the Shiny Suds were really about degrading women and promoting rape, at least in the opinion of commenters on one blog, Shakesville, which posted the video in its "Today in Rape Culture" section.

That elicited more than 100 angry comments from posters, many of whom said they would stop buying Method products and helped produce some of the hundreds of negative responses to the company's website Among the posts: "Making us fear chemical residue from cleaning products because it's tied into a rape threat is beyond sickening."

Of course, that's not the point Method was trying to make. "Due to the sensitive nature of [concerned viewers'] concerns we chose to take down the video," a spokeswoman for Method said in an email statement.

"We received a great deal of feedback about the Shiny Suds video, much of it overwhelmingly positive," she said. "We also received feedback from concerned viewers. ... As with all media messages, people will interpret our video in different ways. The purpose of the video was to raise awareness for transparency in cleaning product ingredients, to which we remain committed."

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Dabitch's picture

Do make sure to read the comments on Adage. They're miles more upsetting than the ad will ever be.

Sport's picture

The whole point of the ad is that the suds are meant to be disturbing and scary.