I was walking through Barracks Row today and spotted this ad for bodice-ripper show Gossip Girl on the CW. I recognize the glare makes it hard to see it, but that’s a
black guy(1) giving that white girl a hickey, emblazoned with the text, courtesy of the Boston Globe, “Every Parent’s Nightmare.”
Okay, the show has a lot of drinking and some sexual content, but did you really need to go all 1950’s-in-Georgia on us?
(1) I’ve been told that this has been covered over and over again elsewhere and that the castmember necking with the girl is, in fact, white. And that there’s been some sort of hand-wringing outrage with regard to this particular ad campaign, all of which has been done by people with better credentials than I. So, really, what’s that say about the whole thing? It’s a tempest in a teapot, no question. But, I’d invite anyone who thinks I’m being silly to go check out the bus shelter ad at 3rd & Pennsylvania SE and tell me I’m wrong. I can totally take it. But I think that guy looked black and that’s what made the campaign, in light of its association with past societal sins, a little bit questionable. Edgy, even, just like I’m told the show is. ⎋