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Update: Benetton ads a hoax May 31, 2007

Filed under: appearance,domestic violence — Jender @ 9:06 am

A big “oops”. It seems we (along with others– at least we’re not alone in this!) were taken in by some hoax ads. Very sorry about that!


3 Responses to “Update: Benetton ads a hoax”

  1. digivordig Says:

    Don’t be sorry. Maybe its just me, but I get angry that this (to my mind) plays on a campaigns like the Womens Aid one which uses “celebrities” made up to look like victims of domestic abuse (see here: http://www.womensaid.org.uk/landing_page.asp?section=000100010010000400080001).

    Looking at the letters in Salon, this hoax does just what such hoaxs always seem to do – give those with anti-feminist axes to grind something to gloat about, and make people more cautious about accepting genuine messages or believing real cases. For example, there was a hoax story a few years ago about a new date rape drug which was a horse steriliser that rendered victims permanently sterile. When this turned out to be a hoax, I noticed a rise in cynicism about date rape cases more generally from people who had previously expressed outrage at the idea of a sterilising date rape drug. It seems to me that hoaxes make people sensitive to that old Russian proverb – “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me” – and when this can lead to insensitivity or cynicism to domestic violence or date rape, well that’s poor. Like I say, maybe its just me.

  2. Jender Says:

    That seems right. Thanks for the examples.

  3. […] 14, 2007 Filed under: appearance, domestic violence — stoat @ 5:15 pm Ok, so there was the hoax Benetton ad issue. But this one is, as far as I can tell, for real: computer ads featuring the victims of […]

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