Friday, 20 November 2009

Today's comment on contemporary culture

I read with interest that the Advertising Standards Authority have received complaints from several viewers this year's M&S Christmas advert (sacrilege!) Apparently gruff Philip Glenister’s line about ‘that girl prancing around in her underwear’ is considered by some to be offensive and 'demeaning to women.' Gosh. Funnily enough, I don’t feel terribly demeaned when I watch that bit. Wistful, maybe, and slightly depressed. I'm sure lovely, bad-tempered Philip wouldn't consider it a festive highlight to watch me prancing (prancing? Not sure I even know how…) in my grim, workhouse undergarments.




I hope that M&S respond, with due responsibility, by making a second installment featuring Robert Pattinson stripping off to his (100% easycare cotton) boxers. Actually, I think I might complain too, just to add weight to the argument.

(Have just realized that this is the latest in a succession of TV-related blog posts recently.Oh dear, my cultural references are pitifully limited. Come back next week when I shall be analysing the use of dramatic irony in Harry Hill's TV Burp and discussing madness and morality in the X-Factor.)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

hmmm, Robert Pattinson stripping off, yes please. Make that suggestion immediately Agent Grey.
x Abby

Michelle Styles said...

YOu know I found the advert really funny as did my daughter. But then we happen to like Gene Hunt...
My daughter is going to see New Moon this afternoon. I suspec tthere is some stripping off of Edward Cullen in that...

Sharon said...

I love this ad - the Gene Hunt and "Moi?" bit is the hightlight!
How do you manage to get the YouTube link like that? xx

Trenda said...

Yum to Robert Pattinson stripping off! I'm planning to see New Moon this Wednesday night...so excited!

India said...

Will get onto Stuart Rose about it forthwith, Abby. He always listens to my sound PR advice.

Did she enjoy it Michelle? My daughter has had to wait until this weekend, and is like a cat on a hot roof. Not sure when I'll be going... not with her, that's for sure (apparently!)

Ah... the youtube thing is the result of years of frustrated sobbing over the keyboard and trying to make it work Sharon! Will email you with instructions...

Trenda-- that would be last night! (Taken me a while to catch up here) Did you love it? Wish I could have gone with you!

Sally Clements said...

Wouldn't mind seeing Phillip prancing around in his underwear... what on earth does that say about me? (No answers please)