Sunday, July 07, 2019

Australian biscuit king, Arnott’s, cops it over ‘poor taste’ biscuit ad from 2005

Arnott’s is copping it over a “poor taste” biscuit ad that “size-shames” women, despite it being from 2005

A biscuit advertisement printed 13 years ago has come back to haunt Arnott’s after it appeared online this week and caused a fury.

The advertisement for the fruit-filled biscuit Snack Right Fruit Slice, takes up an entire page of a magazine that someone dug up, photographed, and posted on Facebook.

The advertisement — which is understood to have run in a New Idea magazine in New Zealand in 2005 — features two pairs of pale pink underwear, hanging from a clothesline, one small and one slightly larger.

The larger pair of frilly undies is captioned, “SNACK WRONG”, while the smaller sized undies are captioned, “SNACK RIGHT”.

Beneath the two pairs is a packet of Snack Right Fruit Slice with the slogan: “The healthier biscuit made with delicious fruit.”

The post on the Nope Sisters Facebook page slammed the food giant for “size shaming marketing” and said the company was attempting to humiliate women of different sizes into purchasing their product.

“This size shaming marketing for Arnott’s Biscuits Limited in a mag is ABSOLUTELY WRONG,” the post read. “How dare they try to sell high sugar biscuits in this disgraceful way.”

The post also accused Arnott’s of targeting women who wear “pink frilly undies as well, just to really ensure a MASSIVE marketing FAIL”.

“When will they get it? That any size is right for you, as long as you are healthy and happy.”

Nope Sisters called on people to boycott Arnott’s and not eat its products “ever again”.

But some attempted to keep a level head, reminding people the advertisement was more than a decade old and that dredging up old mistakes wasn’t productive.

An Arnott’s spokeswoman told the old campaign was only run in New Zealand but its contents were “in poor taste and does not reflect Arnott’s brand values”.

“While this advertisement was printed in 2005, it should not have run in the first place and we apologise for any offence cause,” the spokeswoman said.


They still make great biscuits.


Anonymous said...

More Politically Correct nonsense!

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Liberals are total Screwballs they don't think before they open up their pie holes all mouth and no mind the marks of a Liberal along with the constant whining

Stan B said...

It just proves the old adage:

Sticks and stones may break my bones,
but there will always be something to offend a feminist.