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In New Condom Campaign, CEO's Penis Says It Is In Charge

Global Protection Corp. is a bespoke maker of condoms. Or semi-bespoke. anyway. Its new brand, myOne Perfect Fit condoms, come in 10 lengths, nine widths and 60 sizes in total, according to a very ill-timed, very boys-clubby launch campaign touting the product. 

A video at the core of the campaign is men thrusting their hips back and forth as their crotches—their penises really—“talk” about the discomfort they feel when wearing ordinary condoms. 

The setting for the ad is a suburban house party. Both men and women are in attendance, although no woman has a speaking part—they’re really just part of the scenery. Objects essentially. This campaign is strictly about how the guys feel during sex. For all you can tell from this ad, women don’t have feelings during sex. 

This video is about the guys and their penises and the way their pelvises thrust when their dicks “talk.” This video ad would be stupid and offensive anytime, but its particularly so now in the midst of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which so many woman have allegedly been scarred at the hands of one very evil or sick (maybe both it’s hard to say) individual. 

I mean talk about being culturally tone deaf.

You do have to wonder whether everybody involved in this campaign has been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks. So a bit of advice for those that are involved: Google the name Weinstein, quickly catch up on the news you’ve missed, and pull the entire campaign. It needs reworking. 

The video is cringeworthy from start to finish. But the height of cringe worthiness, for me anyway, comes when the CEO of the company, Dave Wedel, starts talking about how his company’s custom condom “made a real difference for me.” 

Then his dick starts talking as Dave goes into full hip thrust mode. “Actually, it made a real difference for me,” Dave’s dick intones.

I know. Hilarious, right?

“Of course,” Dave replies, “But I’m the CEO.” 

Determined to have the last word, Dave’s dick retorts: “Yeah but I’m in charge. Everybody knows that.” 

Right, the dick is in charge. What a great message for the kids who stumble upon this online. Or anyone for that matter. HW couldn’t have said it better. 

In case you’re wondering, Interpublic’s Jack Morton Worldwide and sibling Devries International are behind this lame marketing effort.

Not your best work folks.

 

 

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