December 29 – Recent ad campaigns from Gucci and Benetton are coming under fire for inappropriate use of children.
Benetton ads showed children in underwear, posing like adults.
Then Gucci has British singer/actor Harry Styles modeling with a child’s twin bed wearing a teddy bear shirt.
A lot of people are wondering what on earth is going on and how any of it can be considered even remotely appropriate?
Gucci has since removed the ads with children.
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “So my little radio station gets called out. Oh, you’re so right wing. Sometimes we go a little bit beyond. We get a little bit crazy. But then the pop radio stations can get away with playing Harry Styles music and they’re not called out. Or I get to hear strip clubs on other radio stations. So I’m the bad guy in this. The silent majority who are out there have got to stand up.”
Robby Starbuck, a former Hollywood director, has a podcast and said this recently, “It’s easy to reflexively jump to attacking the left for this because this comes from their woke ideology, but the truth is, it’s time for the rest of America to look in the mirror because silent majorities kill nations. The silent majority we have here in America is incredibly dangerous because silent majorities allow very really crazy extreme minorities to then go rule with very loud voices. When they do that, this is the outcome. You allow these loud voices in the room to rule over everyone and worse yet, the media and every pillar of culture and entertainment and everything else, they came together to manufacture that silence. Not only that, they somehow convinced us that being a silent majority was a good thing. That has to change in order for us to fix this culture. People need to speak up, frankly. They’ve got to be loud and proud with their values and with rejecting values like this and saying we are not going to allow the sexualization of kids in America. Period. There is no discussion. We’re not going to go to the table and say let’s negotiate. There’s no negotiation here. We will not allow this in America and until we all step up and say that and have these uncomfortable conversations, I fear we’re going to see more of this.”
Benetton only took the ads down after people in the fashion world criticized the sexualization of young children.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I think the comment that Robby Starbuck is making there resonates with a lot of people. We’re seeing these kind of things happening in a similar way just time after time. When you see these kind of wrongs, it takes some people getting together to push back to say hey we need to change this or this needs to stop.”
“Amen,” Ryan said.
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “Remember there’s an ideology we’re embracing now part of Critical Social Justice that says childhood innocence is an artificial construct. All of this is part of destroying that idea that children should be innocent and kept innocent from all this stuff. It’s helping a mindset that promotes this ideology.”
Barkdoll added, “Newspapers, media outlets, television outlets, they would also have the right up front to say hey, we’re not publishing these ads, but we know that doesn’t happen. They want the money for these ads. There’s where it takes people from the public, other people in important positions to call these companies out saying you need to take these ads down. This is not something as a society we can support.”