Just at the nick of time for the Olympics, Dove has put an athletic spin on the recently launched “MyBeautyMySay” campaign, calling out the media for its looks-focused coverage of female champions on the court, in the arena and on the playing field.
The effort includes a slot, presented as a letter to the media.
“Dear Media, When you focus on an athlete’s looks, you don’t see her at all,” the ad reads. It then goes on to show scenes of female athletes making goals or scoring points, but whose visages gradually blur as various outlets’ sexist quotes about women sports pros appear on screen.
A woman slams a tennis ball over a net but fades behind the copy “‘Huge Nipples’ — Pop Culture Site, 7/1/2016.” A beach volleyball player blocks a spike but recedes from view behind another quote: “‘[Her] ass is quality’ — Pop Culture Site 5/23/2016.”
Watch Dove #mybeautymysay tvc below:
According to sources, the campaign also features digital billboards in Times Square featuring a similar effect as the ads and has also tapped former Olympics gymnast Shawn Johnson as a spokesperson.
An accompanying campaign website around the theme “Have Your Say” bolsters the story with some disturbing stats — that since April 1, 2016, we’ve been exposed to 34.4 million comments about female athletes’ appearance. It invites visitors to scroll through them all, coming from sites including Bossip.com, Brosome.com, TerezOwens.com and others. Clicking on each will also allow you to send a Tweet to the pubs calling them out on their states.
About few weeks ago, Volleyball athlete from the Dominican Winifer Fernandez went viral on social media.
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