Bloomingdale’s is apologizing for going full Cosby in its most recent ad for Rebecca Minkoff. “Spike your best friend’s drink when they’re not looking,” reads the copy over a photo of a man leering creepily at an oblivious laughing woman. ‘Tis the season … for date rape?
Both the timing and the tone of the ad, which ran in Bloomingdale’s most recent catalog, struck many as deeply objectionable. Spiking a drink is, of course, illegal, and Bill Cosby stands accused of drugging and raping dozens of women over the course of his career.
The high-end retailer gave a statement about the ad to Tech Insider, in which the company apologized (and misplaced its own apostrophe).
“In reflection of recent feedback, the copy we used in our recent catalog was inappropriate and in poor taste. Bloomingdales’ sincerely apologizes for this error in judgment.”
The ad, with clockwork predictability, sparked a firestorm of outrage online.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) November 11, 2015
That Bloomingdales ad is horrific. How was that ever approved let alone thought of as a good idea?! Despicable. — Kirby (@oc_11) November 10, 2015
Bloomingdale’s declined to further elaborate on the ad.
Still, there must be something in the retail waters. The Bloomingdale’s snafu comes just days after H&M put its foot in its mouth on Twitter when one customer tweeted with a request it include more black models in its global marketing campaign. The company tweeted back that it makes hires that “convey a positive image” in its stores.
H&M in South Africa is asked why they dont have black models for their clothes on posters & this is their response pic.twitter.com/KyKtdHP8dQ
— M's (@_ZuluRose) November 5, 2015
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