Controversial Ads and Magazine Covers – Is This Too Much?

Vogue Controversial Violent Cover


Attention Seeking Controversial Ads

It’s getting harder and harder to get attention.

With every channel, newspaper, magazine, website, social network trying to shout above all the noise, it needs something spectacularly different, or controversial, to get people to look again.

This was what happened with the three controversial ads, plus a video below that depicts ten controversial print ads, and we would like to hear what you have to say:


Vogue Controversial Ads - Violent Cover


“Four domestic rights and women’s advocacy groups have asked Conde Nast to pull the new Vogue International cover from its shelves. Organization leaders charge that the image of model Stephanie Seymour, appearing to be choked by a lover, glorifies violence as an act of love.”


We thought it looked more like an urgent passionate moment than violence. After all, his hand is not tight around her neck, it is more like a hand supporting and holding her face and she does not look as if she is gasping for air.

He looks totally lost in the moment with his eyes closed and yes, he is cupping her breast with his other hand…. but women’s advocacy groups have reacted quite strongly against this. What do you think?


Marc Jacobs Oh Lola


“Last year, the Marc Jacobs ad campaign featuring a then-17-year-old Dakota Fanning in provocative poses (with provocative props) was pulled in some places. Explaining why yanked it, The U.K.’s Ad Standards Authority explained 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 sexualize a child.””


The style and length of dress is fine, it is not too revealing and not too short but the offending ‘prop’ is the huge perfume bottle between her legs.

Yes, we can see why some people would be offended with this, and it does carry borderline child sex exploitation connotations. So best leave the bottle on the side Marc.


Sisley Fashion Junkie


This controversial ad debuted in 2007 and we can see why it still evokes fury in drug prevention groups. OK, everyone admits to be a bit of a fashion victim or fashion junkie, but do we have to take it so literally?

Seriously, is it cool to snort cocaine whilst presumable wearing something Sisley and looking so drugged out you have no idea which way is up or down?



So what do you think of these controversial ads? Tasteless or cool?




Source : Yahoo



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