Is This Calvin Klein Ad Promoting Rape?
According to “experts”, yes, yes it is:
Clinical psychologist Alison Grundy, who works with sex abuse victims, said advertisers were reaching a dangerous new low by using sexual violence as a marketing tool.
“If we continue to subject future generations of young men to great barrages of aggressive, misogynist, over-sexualized and violent imagery in pornography, movies, computer games and advertising, we will continue to see the rates of sexual violence against women and children that continue unabated today. Or worse,” she said.
Grundy said advertisers were blurring the line between rape and group sex and the Calvin Klein poster was “clearly intimating” the gang rape of a woman.
How a picture of two shirtless gay guys, James Dean and some coked out hag can be construed as rape, is beyond me.
You can argue whether this ad is overly sexual, aggressive, or even rape, but at the end of the day you can’t prove a damn thing other than the obvious – there’s two shirtless gay dudes, James Dean and a coked out hag in black and white. Clinical psychologist Alison Grundy may see a rape scene in the dark recesses of her demented head, but I’ll bet you dimes for donuts she sees a rape scene when she looks at an innocuous Rorschach. “No, that’s not a black blotchy cloud, that’s a penis being forced into a goat.” Sorry, Alison, sometimes a black blotch is just a black blotch.
Alison Grundy (we use to call underwear “grundy’s” when we were kids) got her 15 seconds of fame. She got her name in a paper and got to ramble on about a bunch of nonsense I’m not even sure she believes. But when all is said and done, her comments are more insightful as to what is going on in her brain than it is the Calvin Klein’s marketing firm and what was going on inside their collective heads when they produced this royal piece of shit ad. But now Calvin Klein gets more free advertising courtesy of Grundy’s (underwear) faux outrage, and what would have been a poorly designed ad that would have gone into the annals of ”who gives a crap?” marketing, has now become the center of attention for dozens of blogs, newspapers, and watercooler discussions.
Thanks Grundy, you’ve been awfully helpful. Not.