Ford Figo Sexist Print Ad starring Silvio Berlusconi
Three print ads of JWTIndia have surfaced onto the interweb and these ads revolve around the ample boot space of the Ford Figo. To showcase the Figo’s boot space, JWTIndia has used former Italian prime minister Mr Silvio Berlusconi as a prop in an ad that shows a beaming Mr Berlusconi with skimpily clad women bounded and bundled into the Figo’s boot. In another ad, American hotel heiress Paris Hilton is depicted in a similar situation with the women of the Kardashian family bundled into the Figo’s spacious boot.
Ford Figo Sexist Print Ad starring Paris Hilton
The third ad though, shows Michael Schumacher in the driver’s seat with other F1 driver’s like Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton stuffed into the Figo’s boot. The ad campaign is titled “Leave your worries behind”.
Ford Figo Print Ad starring Michael Schumacher
While “bad taste” is a matter of personal and creative prerogative, two of the three Ads don’t seem very becoming of a socially responsible car maker like Ford. Days ago, the Indian parliament passed the Anti-Rape legislation, tightening laws to curb sexual violence in the country. This legislation followed the nationwide protest against the brutal gang rape of a para medical student in India’s capital city of New Delhi. At a sensitive time such as this, an Ad like this is deeply distressing. We’re not sure whether this Ad has begun appearing on print media outlets like newpapers and magazines. In light of that, we’ve sent Ford India and JWT India a link of this story asking them to respond to this ad. Needless to say, we’ll carry Ford and JWT India’s clarification in this very space if they choose to reply to us.
Ford India responds to Team ICB’s story with the following statement,
Statement from Ford India
“We deeply regret this incident and agree with our agency partners that it should have never happened. The posters are contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within Ford and our agency partners. Together with our partners, we are reviewing approval and oversight processes to help ensure nothing like this ever happens again.“
Here’s JWT India’s response to the above story,
We deeply regret the publishing of posters that were distasteful and contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within WPP Group.
These were never intended for paid publication and should never have been created, let alone uploaded to the internet. This was the result of individuals acting without proper oversight and appropriate actions have been taken within the agency where they work to deal with the situation.