Calvin Klein "threesome" billboard

Yes, we best cling to what is good.

The teens are pretty much more and more desensitized and becoming oversexualized…it’s annoying to me because they are becoming animalistic.

They’ll see this billboard and think “I don’t see the big deal”

I’ll answer all your questions… yes. Yes, I have noticed, and it makes me very angry and sad that teens are being encouraged to act “like perverts who engage in high risk and irresponsible sexual behavior”. Any more questions? :whacky:

This ad is horrifying and disgusting. I’m not even considering the effect on teenagers. Sadly most teenagers have already been touched by this **** and worse. I am outraged however at young innocent children, like our 7, 8, and 9 year old grandchildren seeing this. Inevitably questions will arise. How are we, as parents and grandparents who are trying to protect their innocence, supposed to reply? Calvin Klein has a history of this type of advertising, like the commercial on TV in which 2 kids, who looked like they were 14, couldn’t hardly wait to get inside an apartment before they started tearing their clothes off acting like animals in heat. Every decent person in this country should totally boycott Calvin Klein. If not, we as consumers are telling this company that we approve of this type of advertising. This is just plain evil. In addition what about our freedoms? The entire population should not be forced to look at this just because Calvin Klein is only interested in making money precisely by “seeking the ruin of souls.” We should be able to walk outside our homes without having to wear blindfolds. This is freedom of speech taken too far and there should be something that can be done about this legally to make them take it down. Why aren’t Catholic attorneys outraged and trying to do something about this? GOD HELP US!!!

The ad has been in magazines for a while now, since spring apparently. There’s also a television commercial which is a little steamier.

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There’s nothing in the billboard, the print ads, or the television commercial, that you aren’t occasionally exposed to as you walk down the street or go to the beach. I see people making out in public places all the time.

Rather than complaining about the ad, a better approach is to use it as an opportunity to educate and get a level head about it.

[quote=“The Examiner”] My point is, although the ad may be on the opposite end of tasteful and traditional, it is a natural evolution in the marketing world which supports the fact that “sex sells”. It’s been selling for decades and it’s not about to stop. Remember the hubbub over Cindy Crawford’s “racy” Pepsi commercials? I drank Pepsi a couple of times as a kid and I didn’t wear daisy dukes and mid-drifts. Better yet, I drank a couple of Pepsis in this decade and I haven’t turned out to be like Brittany Spears. Just because you wear these jeans doesn’t mean you have to go have sex with the first three people you see on the street. My point is that the ad is not promoting sex, it’s promoting a product- making wild claims that it may come with orgies, but we’re all grown up enough to know that’s not true. Ask the nearest geek who uses Axe body spray.

Many are asking for the billboard to be taken down and the ad banned. The television spot has already been banned in the U.S., but will air in France, Italy, Spain and Germany. If parents are afraid these ads will set a bad example for their youth, then balance it out by teaching them that the depiction is not based on everyday reality (for most people). Rather than trying to censor anything that shows a bit of skin- making kids think that sex is wrong- teach them what is realistic. Must we forget that the best part of sex when you’re young is that it’s against the rules? Take away some of the taboo and crush a bit of the desire to go against the grain- then it’s just left to how well they can handle their hormones.
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In psychology we learn that parents telling a kid that she can’t date someone only makes her want to date him more and more likely to do so against her parent’s wishes. Making things verboten – be it sex or drugs or whatever – is counterproductive.

That has nothing to do with Calvin Klein.

You seem to be thinking not of a Calvin Klein ad but an ad for Levi’s Jeans called “Secrets and Lies” and I’ve seen the ad in question and the actors don’t look “14”; they look like they are in their twenties and what they say in the ad also indicates that their characters are in their twenties or older (talking about what kind of jobs they have – they lie about their jobs, etc.). So if you are to boycott, you’ll have to also boycot Levi’s Jeans. I know of no jeans company that does not make racy ads.

You also have to boycott Axe Hair Spray and pretty much every product on the planet. You’d also have to give up having a private automobile.

When I was 12 years old, I was taught that “sexual allure” is a technique used to draw customers. Unless we become communist or something, sex will always sell.

You can always buy Armani Jeans if you don’t mind spending 195$.

Where on earth do you work that the sight of a topless young girl sprawled across two men is a common one?

For the record, I live in Europe, my husband is European, it’s news here, and everyone I’ve spoken to thinks the ad is just fine for magazines but really stupid and inappropriate for a public billboard. We have public nudity all the time on bus shelters and billboards and the like - but it’s nudity, not sex. There’s a difference between an ad for shower gel where you see a woman’s breast and the start of a gangbang.

Being okay with everything is just as short-sighted and narrow minded as being okay with nothing.

I don’t like the ad. It really shouldn’t be on a billboard. But we live in a society where anything goes. And that is to our detrement. I will hate to see what things are like 50 years from now.

That is just plain wrong. Who is in charge? The parents or the kids? Does the word NO, no longer exist? I was raised to tell the difference between right and wrong by being told what was right and what was wrong. Who is going to raise the kids except the parents?

Kids need guidance, they need someone to tell them – that means their parents. Not the media. Not the government. The parents.

Peace,
Ed

“sex will always sell” What are you for, exactly? I work in the media and the last thing we need is people becoming indifferent to everything. Oh, it’s a billboard, what’re ya gonna do?

If you want to be a Catholic, you can’t just shrug your shoulders and walk away. You need to stand up and say, That is wrong. Period.

Peace,
Ed

It’s good that you have no issue with nudity since our bodies are not dirty but are very good; God made them very good. However, I don’t see how the issue of nudity is even relevant, since there is no nudity in the CK ads.

As for a “gangbang,” that is with all due respect, your imagination at work. I realize that some people will imagine that when they see it. However, all that is in the ads are some people making out and yes I see people making out on public streets all the time. I once even saw it at an airport with a male celebrity with two females on either side of him, etc.

I’m not saying the ads are perfect. Only God is perfect. But instead of just reacting negatively to it, one should try to use the occasion to educate anyone who is confused by it.

There is just no way that this will change in a free society. Sex will always sell. It’s not right or wrong; it’s just a fact. We should work to make do with the world we have, not harp on it or wish it were better when it can’t be made better in this case.

If you want to be a Catholic, you can’t just shrug your shoulders and walk away. You need to stand up and say, That is wrong. Period.

I am not Catholic; I am Christian. And no I am not Protestant. I am not protesting anything and my faith is not defined in relation to the Catholic Church. My faith is defined in relation to Christ alone.

Good point

And please someone tell me why this is in the news? Heck this isn’t even gossip! This wall ad has been up for like 6 months now, and only now does some local news channel (on what was obviously a slow day) decide to report it.

P.S. I don’t recall anyone here complaining about the paintings on the side of our aircraft during World War 2, if you don’t like this jeans ad, then I don’t suggest checking out the photos of the bomber paintings, you will probably get a heart attack!

“free society”? Free from what? The Dictatorship of Relativism tells all people that It’s all good. There’s nothing wrong with anything.

“when it can’t be made better in this case”? This is called nihilism or hopelessness. There are things worth living for, worth defending and even dying for. This is about abusing the dignity of the human person.

Have you read the Bible? Do you know what Christ has to say about lust? Do you know what the Bible teaches about modesty?

Right and wrong have not disappeared, but a form of blindness has taken over for some.

Peace,
Ed

In the year 1900, if you ordered “chicken breast” at a restaurant you may a well have said George Carlin’s words you can’t say on TV, in 1920 you could get arrested for having a swimsuit that went above your ankle, so please spare us the lecture. Seriously, American society flips out when a nipple shows, but people seem to shrug off or even encourage violence (whether fictional, or real violence committed by the government against us or outsiders) Now THAT is “Relativism”!

Violence? Even little kids know Arnold Schwarzzeneger is not a cyborg under his skin. A topless girl in a billboard is actually topless.

You don’t want to hear the lecture? Why not? Who is this “us”? No one reading this was alive in 1900 and that’s how evil works in society. First, you get people used to a little, then a little more, then a little more and then you have billboards like this. American society is going in the wrong direction.

The billboard is wrong.

Peace,
Ed

If a picture bothers you by just looking at it, clearly the problem lies with you and not so much the image. I don’t encourage or approve the behavior shown in the billboard but I won’t let it anger or bother me. The fact that people want something like this taken away in such an extreme fashion shows they themselves are insecure. It’s like those politicians who scream out how Homosexuals are corrupting society and we then learn later on they got caught sleeping with men. So the real reason some people actually want this billboard removed is really not because they disapprove of it, but because of quite the opposite…

I find it objectionable because it is indecent and immoral. Period. As a parent, I do not want my children exposed to such nor do I want to see it myself. It is nearly pornographic and should not be in a public place. It is outrageous that some defend its placement.

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