Do you think Audi is promoting sexual assault and teen violence in their Super Bowl ad?
Some people are attacking one of my favorite ads from this year‚Äôs Super Bowl as ‚Äúpromoting sexual assault‚ÄĚ because it depicts a teenager forcing himself onto the prom queen. Le sigh, people.
Audi‚Äôs ‚Äėprom‚Äô ad shows a seriously cute teenage boy getting ready to attend prom stag (no explanation as to why such a cutie had a problem getting a date, but whatever). His dad gives him the keys to his Audi, and presumably from the courage he gains by driving such a hot car, he parks right in the principal‚Äôs spot, walks into the dance, and plants one on the prom queen. The prom king does not look pleased, and the scene cuts to the boy driving away with a black eye and a giant grin. The tag line reads: Bravery. It‚Äôs what defines us.
Rather than enjoying the super sweet commercial, some joyless people took to Twitter to condemn it as sexual assault. Um ‚Ä¶ ok. Not sure how you get that out of the commercial they played, but some people are really determined to stretch reality to fit their narratives.
Kissing a girl is not assault -- it‚Äôs called making a move. If you look at the girl‚Äôs reaction, it‚Äôs not exactly like she‚Äôs trying to push him away either. She even seems to enjoy it. Hey, maybe that‚Äôs why the kid doesn‚Äôt have a date to the prom! He‚Äôs never gotten up the gumption to tell her how he feels. Maybe, just maybe, based on her reaction, she feels the same way about him and would be glad to dump her ham-handed boyfriend for him.
Speaking of the prom king and the black eye he gave our hero, if the haters want to call sexism, why don‚Äôt they talk about the fact that Audi chose to portray the girl as helpless to defend herself and in need of a man to do it for her? Again, because it‚Äôs clear that while caught off guard, the girl liked the kiss. She kissed back. She smiled with a dazed look in her eyes after it was over.
Maybe the kid deserved a black eye for making a move on another guy‚Äôs girl -- but he certainly not one for sexual assault.
Do you think Audi is promoting sexual assault and teen violence in the ad?