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Former Gillibrand aide resigned in protest over handling of sex harassment claims - POLITICO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), one of the most outspoken advocates of the #MeToo movement who has made fighting sexual misconduct a centerpiece of her presidential campaign, spent last summer pressing legislators to update Congress’ “broken” system of handling sexual harassment. At the same time, a mid-20s female aide to Gillibrand resigned in protest over the handling of her sexual harassment complaint by Gillibrand‘s office, and criticized the senator for failing to abide by her own public standards. In July, the female staffer alleged one of Gillibrand’s closest aides — who was a decade her senior and married — repeatedly made unwelcome advances after the senator had told him he would be promoted to a supervisory role over her. She also said the male aide regularly made crude, misogynistic remarks in the office about his female colleagues and potential female hires. ... Since she left last summer, the woman has been doing part-time contract work. The male aide, Abbas Malik, kept his job. Two weeks ago, however, POLITICO presented the office with its own findings of additional allegations of inappropriate workplace conduct by Malik. Among the claims were that he made a “joke” about rape to a female colleague — a person whom the office had failed to contact last summer despite repeated urgings by Malik’s accuser to reach out to the person. Gillibrand’s office opened a new investigation and dismissed Malik last week. Malik did not respond to requests for comment. The episode suggests a disconnect between the senator’s categorical public stance and her office’s private actions. https://buff.ly/2XOUVh0
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8 days ago by AaronLMGoodwin
Emma Thompson’s letter to Skydance: Why I can’t work for John Lasseter - Los Angeles Times
But it was Emma Thompson, the politically outspoken newly anointed dame commander of the British Empire who made the first real definitive statement on Lasseter, and one of the most significant decisions in post-#MeToo Hollywood.
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18 days ago by Weaverbird
Ellen Page: “I’m not afraid to say the truth”
Interesting long interview. CN: discusses threats of sexual violence, homophobia.

In 2017 she published a long post on Facebook about her experiences of harassment at work, including a story about one of Hollywood’s most successful directors Brett Ratner. It began: “‘You should fuck her to make her realise she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew meet and greet before we began filming X-Men: The Last Stand. I was 18.”
One thing we need to do, she says, is change the language. “We need to stop claiming the political activists are ‘radical’. The people who are fucking radical are the people who want to keep destroying our water and our top soil and our air in order to give a few people billions more dollars.” They’re the extremists, she insists, not the people who want Americans to have universal health care. “It’s not a debate, whether Donald Trump is racist or not. Gay marriage is not a debate. And the media needs to stop claiming it is.”
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8 weeks ago by owenblacker
Shaquem Griffin: Your Best Never Comes Easy | Gillette & The NFL (Short Film) - YouTube
Published on Sep 13, 2018
NFL rookie Shaquem Griffin knows that nothing comes easy. From earning defensive player of the year in college, to suiting up for the Seattle Seahawks, hard work and a dedicated father have helped Shaquem overcome any obstacle. We are proud to share his inspiring story. More Gillette commercials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g2mZdqqy6g&list=PL5urOKdhITFS2TWUIvT-dF3mfPxIKd7ms
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This Gillette NFL commercial is about the inspiring story behind Shaquem Griffin's journey to the NFL.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film) - YouTube
Published on Jan 13, 2019
Bullying. Harassment. Is this the best a man can get? It's only by challenging ourselves to do more, that we can get closer to our best. To say the right thing, to act the right way. We are taking action at http://www.thebestmencanbe.org. Join us.
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This Gillette commercial is about our belief in the best in men. #TheBestMenCanBe #Gillette
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Gillette Makes Waves With Controversial New Commercial | Time
A new Gillette commercial calling out “toxic masculinity” has sparked both praise for and criticism of the razor company.
The new “We Believe” ad — a 48-second spot that Gillette shared on its social media accounts on Monday — plays on the company’s tagline of “Is this the best a man can get?” to address issues like bullying, sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement.
“Is this the best a man can get? Is it?” a voiceover says in the ad. “We can’t hide from it, it’s been going on far too long. We can’t laugh it off, making the same old excuses. But something finally changed. And there will be no going back. Because we…We believe in the best in men. To say the right thing. To act the right way. Some already are, in ways big and small. But some is not enough. Because the boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow.”
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Don't get the new Gillette ad? Then it's about you ...
If you’re one of the guys who’s up in arms over Gillette’s new commercial that calls on men to be the best they can be, you’re exactly who the commercial was made for.
Tell me — what exactly is so infuriating about a man breaking up a raucous physical fight between two boys at a backyard barbecue?
What exactly is so infuriating about a man telling another man not to publicly ogle and creep up behind a pretty woman he doesn’t know as she walks down the street?
What exactly is so infuriating about a father stopping a group of bullying boys who are chasing and roughing up another boy?
These are the scenarios depicted in Gillette’s new ad, a modern take of its old “the best a man can get” motto that rolled out this week. The two-minute spot, produced by a woman and inspired by the #MeToo movement, has gotten under the skin of many men.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Survey: Gillette's Ad Well Received by Consumers, Positions Its Brand As Socially Responsible
Five key takeaways from new survey research on the controversial commercial
The backlash against Gillette’s new ad targeting toxic masculinity is likely overstated, according to new survey research from Morning Consult.
The two-minute spot, which calls out harassment and asks men to be better, was met with a range of condemnation, praise, and snark from social media users and the commentariat. However, a new survey testing the commercial finds it resonated with most consumers in a positive manner and improved their perceptions of the razor company.
Morning Consult surveyed 2,201 American adults in the days immediately following the campaign release (January 15 and 16). Additional brand-tracking data from Morning Consult’s platform, Brand Intelligence, indicates any impact on Gillette’s reputation is likely negligible.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
In defense of the Gillette commercial: We need more messages against toxic masculinity, even from ads.
Men who are offended by Gillette’s moralizing new ad don’t realize why we need its message now more than ever.
The Kids is Slate’s science-based parenting column, assessing the latest research around children’s health, development, and well-being.
No one who saw the new Gillette ad “The Best Men Can Be” thought it would be universally embraced. It establishes the state of masculinity today with various scenes of men acting sexist, boys physically and mentally terrorizing each other, and dads accepting a “Boys will be boys” mentality, before dramatically pivoting.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Gillette’s toxic masculinity Super Bowl commercial, explained - Vox
The Procter & Gamble-owned razor company used its Super Bowl ad to weigh in on #MeToo.
Do brands have beliefs?
This is a question we’re forced to ask today thanks to Gillette’s latest commercial. It was created by the New York-based ad agency Grey and is called “We Believe.” And what the century-old, multibillion-dollar razor company, owned by the health and personal care giant Procter & Gamble, purports to believe is this: Its longtime slogan, “The Best a Man Can Get,” is ripe for an update.
In the pre-Super Bowl ad — released three weeks before the Super Bowl, as part of the YouTube-era rat race to get advance write-ups and possibly a viral hit during peak-commercial-watching season — Gillette shows young boys bullying each other and beating each other up, older men touching women’s shoulders in business meetings, and suburban dads lined up at a never-ending row of charcoal grills saying, “Boys will be boys,” over and over while watching incidents of light violence.
The voiceover poses the question: “Is this the best a man can get?”
No! The commercial pivots. One handsome 20-something man asks another handsome 20-something man to stop ogling a woman in the street. One young dad asks his daughter to say, “I’m strong.” Another young dad is moved to break up a brutal fight between children in a parking lot. That is the best a man can get.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Men Are Mad Online Because of a New Gillette Commercial | GQ
A new ad from the shaving company asks men to not be awful, which is apparently too much to ask.
Today, the battle for men’s souls reached an extraordinary new frontier: men’s shaving brands. On Tuesday, Gillette released an ad that takes stock of a handful of cultural issues that have always lingered just beneath the surface but became full-blown talking points over the past year: sexual harassment, bullying, and a blanket excusal of this behavior because “boys will be boys.”
Most shaving ads feature gravelly voiced men booming out phrases like Mach 3 or titanium razors, while the camera zooms in on blades gliding over lathered faces. Gillette’s new ad asks viewers to think a little bit harder about its tagline A Best a Man Can Get. Really, what it asks for isn’t much: basic human decency. The ad states explicitly, “We believe in the best in men.” There are clips of Terry Crews, a sexual assault survivor, testifying in front of Congress that men need to hold other men accountable. The commercial shows men doing just that: holding off a pack of bullies, and stopping another guy from harassing a woman.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Gillette's New Commercial Is Making Men Mad | Glamour
The razor brand's new ad pushes men to do better in the wake of #MeToo—and the online reactions have been heated.
We talk a lot about body hair around here, whether it's ways to help you remove it (laser hair removal, anyone?), celebrities who prefer to show it off, and this month's #Januhairy pro-stubble movement. And we haven't forgotten about the razor brands themselves, which have made strides to present a more inclusive attitude toward body hair, including showing it in their advertising instead of the unrealistically hairless bodies historically depicted. Women have applauded the changes, seen as both overdue and refreshing, which makes it even more of a head-scratcher that men have picked up their pitchforks and logged on to Twitter in order to voice their disdain over a new Gillette commercial.
The new commercial poses Gillette's tagline, "The Best a Man Can Get," as more of a question, forcing viewers to come to terms with the bullying, sexual aggression, and toxic masculinity that often accompanies "manliness." (It's worth noting that the American Psychological Association recently released a paper that tied toxic masculinity to depression and other adverse health effects.)
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
3 Reasons the New Gillette Commercial Is an Absolute Winner | Inc.com
Love it or hate it, everybody's talking about this ad.
This week, Gillette, the razor brand owned by corporate giant Proctor & Gamble, released a 2 minute online ad "We Believe: The Best Men Can Be" which has stirred up more controversy than any ad since Nike's Colin Kaepernick commercial from last year.
The short-film-esque advertisement calls for an end to "toxic masculinity" and the "Boys will be boys" excuse, and it has already received over 25 million views on YouTube and Facebook, but it has also received more dislikes than likes on YouTube, and has been criticized by conservative Tweeters, columnists, and TV pundits alike. Clearly it was gotten a lot of people's attention, even if some hate the ad. 
I love the ad. I've watched it a dozen times, and find it to be powerful, bold and moving. To me, the issue with "toxic masculinity" isn't that most men are guilty of sexism and the degradation of women, it's that most men know of a guy or two who are guilty of it, and don't actively speak up against it. That's an enormous societal challenge that Gillette is sparking a conversation about.
But forget me as a consumer, for a moment. Let me put on my marketing expertise hat on and tell you the three reasons that despite the naysayers, the ad is a huge winner that will undoubtedly lift sales for Gillette...
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194

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