Ogilvy India has now officially apologized for the ad, saying it is “contrary to the beliefs and professional standards of Ogilvy & Mather and our clients.” It was originally sent to Ads of the World, which has since taken it down, (The concept is that mattresses help you “Bounce back.” The Malala ad shows her falling after being shot, bouncing off a mattress and rising to receive a humanitarian award.)
Other ads in the series featured Steve Jobs being ousted by Apple and Gandhi being tossed off a train for refusing to move from first class. I can only imagine the creatives said, “Geez, we should probably get a woman in there.”
Malala is a great choice. Except what happened to her wasn’t a cartoon, which is where the whole thing falls apart. Plus, she didn’t just “bounce back.” She soared above. The ad really is the ultimate trivialization of a horrific event.
But you know, celebrating her strength and courage is different than shooting her again.
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