Farhan Akhtar calls out ‘tasteless and twisted minds’ behind perfume ads

Hours after folks criticised perfume commercials of a model for allegedly selling rape tradition, actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar tweeted as effectively. He referred to as out the creators for his or her ‘tasteless and twisted minds’. Taking to Twitter, Farhan wrote, “What incredibly tasteless and twisted minds it must take to think up, approve and create these stinking body spray ‘gang rape’ innuendo ads..!! Shameful.” (Also Read | Twitter is ‘disgusted’ by perfume ads selling rape tradition: ‘Most terrible ad in history of television’)

The physique spray commercial referred to as by thr model Layer’r in a single advert confirmed a pair having an intimate second inside a room. Three males entered and hinted that they are going to take a shot as effectively. As the lady feared that they spoke about her, one of many males took a perfume bottle.

Farhan Akhtar tweeted.
Farhan Akhtar tweeted.

In one other advert, 4 males had been proven in a retailer, standing behind a lady. The males then mentioned, “There are four of us, but there’s only one, who will get a shot”. It then exhibits the visibly shocked lady turning to them uncomfortably when one in all them went to seize a single bottle of perfume stored on a rack. Earlier, Instagram consumer Smish Designs shared the 2 ads on their account. The ads had been streamed on tv throughout the England vs New Zealand cricket sequence.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has already ordered the suspension of the commercial, as per information company ANI. An inquiry has additionally been initiated as per the promoting code. Social media reported quite a lot of outrage over the commercial, forcing the federal government to take motion.

I&B Ministry, in a letter addressed to Twitter and YouTube said, “The above-mentioned videos are detrimental to the portrayal of women in the interest of decency or morality, and in violation of rule 3(1)(b)(ii) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, which inter-alia provides that the users shall not host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, store, update or share any information which is insulting or harassing on the basis of gender.”

“It may be mentioned that the concerned videos were also broadcast on TV. In this regard, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), the body which lays down the Code for self-regulation in advertising on TV in accordance with rule 7(2)(ix) of the Cable Television Network Rules 1994, has also found the video to be in violation of its guidelines. In this regard, ASCI has notified the advertiser to suspend the ad on an immediate basis,” the letter additional mentioned.

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