Dakota Fanning’s controversial Marc Jacobs ads banned from the UK

Remember these ads? I posted them back in June when they were released by Marc Jacobs. The controversial ads are back in the public eye today, after the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK banned them, saying that while Dakota Fanning is over 16, the ads are overly sexual for a child.

Apparently the ad, which promotes Jacob’s fragrance ‘Oh Lola!’, was the subject of consumer complaints,  reports Telegraph.

The British Advertising Standards Authority has cracked down on the ad, which features a 17-year-old Fanning with an oversized bottle of the fragrance between her legs, after receiving complaints that the company was turning Fanning, a minor, into a sex object. Their statement:

“We noted that the model was holding up the perfume bottle which rested in her lap between her legs and we considered that its position was sexually provocative. We understood the model was 17 years old but we considered she looked under the age of 16. We considered that the length of her dress, her leg and position of the perfume bottle drew attention to her sexuality. Because of that, along with her appearance, we considered the ad could be seen to sexualise a child.”The Guardian reports that Coty, who makes the fragrance, doesn’t have the same problems with the ads, because most readers of the magazines featuring the ads are 25 or older, and that the picture was “similar to many other edgy images in those magazines.” They also stated that the ad doesn’t show any “private body parts or sexual activity,” and defended the ad as “provoking, but not indecent.”

What do you think of the ad? Is it too much? Does it deserve to be banned?

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Demi Lovato’s New Red Hair!

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New tour, new look! Before she kicks off a series of concerts to promote her latest album, Unbroken, Demi Lovato is making a change — to her hair. The songstress debuted a bright red do on Twitter this week, posting photos after visiting a salon.

“Changing my hair color today,” she teased over the weekend, later writing, “Red hurr she don’t curr.” The next day, she shared a photo of the new red do, adding a second, “not as orange” shot Monday.

 

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Would you wear a black wedding dress?

When most brides think wedding dress, they probably think Vera Wang (even though few of us could afford it).

In her latest collection of wedding gowns, the talented designer has gone anything but traditional! The collection doesn’t contain any white gowns, instead opting for nude, black and other non-traditional colors. This collection was made for brides who are looking for something unique. “A wedding is a joyous event, and the bride’s dress should always reflect that,” she once told InStyle.com. See Vera Wang’s entire fall 2012 bridal collection below!

I think most of the dresses are gorgeous, but I don’t know if I’d actually wear any as a wedding gown. Call me old fashioned, I guess.

PS: What’s with the awful hair in each picture! These brides look like they just rolled out of bed!

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Ashley Madison sinks to an all new low (if that’s possible)

For the last several years I’ve been approached by Ashley Madison to help them promote their website. I’ve always turned them down immediately – telling them I would NEVER support a company who’s goal is to get married people to cheat. They actually MAKE MONEY off cheating spouses. No thank you, I will have nothing to do with this.

Ashley Madison is a “married dating service for discreet encounters”. Like I said, vile. The “dating” site helps connect married or “attached” individuals for the soul purpose of having an affair.

The site may have sunk to an all new low, if that’s even possible, by showing a plus-sized woman, and stating, “Did your wife SCARE you last night?”. So if your wife is fat…. cheat! In the second ad, they go even further stating Skinny = Good, Fat = Bad.

“We call it as we see it”.

The ad tagline: “We call it as we see it.”

The two ads alone, with their blatant insulting and rejection of overweight individuals in favor of an unrealistic physical ideal, would be bad enough. But what irks us even more is that after the first ad came out, the overweight model in question spoke out against the ads and requested that Ashley Madison not present her photo that way.

Model Jacqueline, who runs a BBW (“Big Beautiful Woman”) website called JuicyJackie.com, wrote a first-person essay for Jezebel.com, defending her body and condemning Ashley Madison’s treatment of it:

I am a size 32. I am beautiful. I think women of all sizes are beautiful. Beauty is not and has never been one-size-fits-all. I do not appreciate my image being used, without notice or permission, to tell women I have never met otherwise.
Not only is it personally offensive, Jacqueline wrote, but it sends the wrong message to viewers, particularly those who are overweight themselves:

As has been widely reported, teens are committing suicide in shocking numbers all over the world as direct result of this sort of shaming ridicule. Be it directed at race, size, sexual orientation or anything, bullying is a vicious force in this world. Contributing to this widespread and creeping depression by suggesting, blatantly and without pretense, that fat people are patently undeserving of love and loyalty is repulsive. It is incumbent upon advertisers, and society at large, to act responsibly before foisting something like this onto the world.

Ashley Madison’s response to Jacqueline’s reasonable request last week?

“The best thing that could’ve happened to this woman is that we used her in our ad. […] if she can get great publicity from this, all the power to her,” the site’s CEO told Jezebel.

And then they released the second ad today.

Are you as offended as I am?

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