Calvin Klein "threesome" billboard

nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/06/14/2009-06-14_risqueacute_business_calvin_klein_billboard_in_soho_too_sexy_say_some.html

o.O

It’s like…yeah…just yeah…/cough

A quotation from the article in the OP:

Asked about the message in the ad, a Calvin Klein spokesman said the “intention was to create a very sexy campaign that speaks to our targeted demographic.”

Translation:

“Calvin Klein sells clothes for perverts who engage in high risk and irresponsible sexual behavior.”

Calvin Klein is on my boycott list

You can always try American Eagle Outfitters. :smiley:

I shop at Goodwill. :slight_smile:

I’m pretty tolerant about stuff, but this is way over the top and totally inappropriate.

~Liza

You could go to Abercrombie & Fitch – their models were ‘heroin chic’. And remember the Benneton edgy ‘united colors’ ads? In the sixties there were ads in the subways for a “Story of O” dress – sado-masochism off the rack.

:thumbsup: Me, too!

You know it is bad when New Yorkers protest to it.

Honestly, someone at the company needs to have child porn charges brought against them, whether it is the President or the VP of Marketing.

This is so degrading to women.

Actually think I will start a prayer campaign to make certain this morally bankrupt company goes financially bankrupt.

Wow… I wish I didn’t just see that…
Here’s my take.

#1 It’s So-Ho, NYC, what do you expect?
#2 Fantastic write up, NY Daily News.
#3 I’ve been boycotting Calvin Klein for their ads for 20 yrs. This is nothing new.
#4 Sadly, I don’t think many teenagers would even bat an eye at it.

Agreed. I’m not even religious, I used to be heavily into following models and the high fashion editorials/advertisements (not that CK is high fashion :rolleyes: and this is just awful. It’s not sexy, it’s not even “provocative” or “edgy” in the sense CK apparently thinks it is. It’s just pathetic, run of the mill porn with better lighting.

I’m grateful for small favors with the billboard - there’s one other image in the campaign worse than this one, and the female model is not underage.

Where are the radical feminist now! I mean here is an ad advertising the treating of women (although technique this really looks like a girl and not a women) like trash that you can play with and throw away.

There are four men here groping a young woman and we should all be okay with this? I think that the so called “feminist” are really people who hate women.

Where are the “taggers” when you need them? :stuck_out_tongue:

Where are the radical feminists? It’s New York? Like that makes it different?

No feminists are protesting the mysoginistic, exploitive, sexist billboard?

If I read about 100 different things that Americans are supposedly doing right now, odds are I’m not doing 99 of them. I encourage my fellow Catholics to participate less in our current culture. God knows I’m not perfect, but we all need to live a lot less like the world.

And since I work in the media, let me point out that the word “edgy” only applies to people who find what’s on that billboard normal. It would be “edgy” only to committed religious types, and that has always been the supposed reason to “push the envelope.” But let’s look at that entire phrase, shall we? The entire phrase is: push the envelope of what people find acceptable. Which people? Well it certainly wouldn’t be pushing the envelope for people who already practice such behavior.

And that’s what’s harmed the Catholic community over the last 40 years. Like slowly turning up the dial on a volume control, the people who create “edgy” advertising or movies or whatever media, view their job as trying to make us comfortable with just a little bit of bad but that just opens the door to our accepting a little more bad, then a little more and then a little more. Please don’t be tolerant of this stuff.

And please don’t be wishy-washy about it. If you find a way, complain.

I can’t remember how many times I heard the following on the radio about some edgy new trend: “Oh that’s tame by today’s standards.” Whose standards? What standards? All that voice on the radio was telling me was, Oh, that’s nothing, compared to the really bad stuff out there. Oh yeah? Has anyone noticed that what used to get rated R is now PG-13? Anybody?

That’s how the world makes you tolerant to mental and spiritual poison. It exposes you, gradually, and over a long period of time. I watched the process over a 40 year period. Turn it off, don’t watch it, don’t read it and don’t listen to it, and don’t buy it. Please.

Peace,
Ed

Me three – Goodwill, Salvation Army, City Mission. There’s no St Vincent dePaul around here :frowning:

a very bad message to send to our young people - especially women.

if they are targeting a certain demographic, why don’t they just put it in magazines that people who are part of that demographic group purchase and not put it on a billboard where it can be seen by young children and young teens.

would you want your 10 year old son or daughter seeing that ad?

:eek: Who knew it took pornography to sell jeans?:rolleyes: The ad is just gross.

I found this link onemillionmoms.com/currentissue.asp
regarding taking action about the ad, though helpful info is limited. It mentions sending an e-mail without supplying an e-mail address, sending a letter without supplying a snail mail address (did I overlook that info?), but it does supply a phone number to “President Shiffman.”

"Current Issue
Moms: Calvin Klein disrespects you and your family
Calvin Klein has produced a highly offensive billboard ad currently displayed in a high traffic area of New York City. It may be coming to a city near you soon.

A New York Daily News describes it this way: “The ad depicts a topless young woman lying on top of a bare-chested boy while kissing a second shirtless male. They’re on a sofa, and below them a third male - pants and shirt unbuttoned - is lying on the floor.”

Click here to see the billboard ad.

Take Action

Calvin Klein is owned by Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH), which approves this type of ad in public areas where families and children are sure to see it.

After sending your email, call PVH and let them know you are offended by their disrespect for family values and common decency. President Shiffman’s direct number is 212-719-2600 x9298 .

Send Your Letter Now!

NOTE: If you see a commercial or program which is offensive, email us the information. Many of you have done this, and it is very helpful. "

Me too! And don’t forget St. Vincent de Paul, too!

An article about the billboard:

"Three’s company in racy Calvin Klein billboard
Massive NYC billboard shows woman on top of man kissing another man

NEW YORK - A racy Calvin Klein billboard is raising even New Yorkers’ jaded eyebrows, with some passers-by saying the clothing maker crossed the line with its sexy advertisement."…

Entire article with video here: msnbc.msn.com/id/31390884/ns/business-media_biz

Translation:

“Calvin Klein sells clothes for perverts who engage in high risk and irresponsible sexual behavior.”

Actually we need to open our eyes and realize he’s targeting the average teen.

Haven’t you noticed the teen section of clothes in a store look like the streetwalker department?

Haven’t you heard that girls are practicing lesbian acts in school to attract boys?

Haven’t you noticed that there’s been a crisis of teens photographing themselves naked or in sex acts and placing them on the internet?

Havent’ you noticed how bad our teens’ atmosphere is?

Now this ad, I hope, is a little worse than normal. A little farther over the edge. But the real problem is how far we’ve sunk already.

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