If you haven’t seen it yet, Bloomingdale’s had an ad out for the holiday season promoting roofie-ing your friends at holiday parties. Don’t believe me? Think I’m exaggerating? Check-it out for yourself…
Now you may be asking yourself, is this a real ad? Where exactly did it get posted? This ad was put in the Bloomindale’s holiday catalog of this year, 2015. Still unsure if that’s true? Here’s a pic of the ad in the actual catalog…
Bloomingdale’s did ultimately send out an apology on Twitter, and admitted, after being publicly called-out on social media, through numerous comments and hashtags, that yes, this ad was indeed in “poor taste” and bad judgment on their part.
Sorry NOT Sorry Bloomindale’s, but this goes way beyond poor decision making on your part. Considering that 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted, sending the message to “spike” anyone’s drink is absolutely unacceptable.
Now, you may be thinking, “well maybe he’s just ‘spiking’ her drink with alcohol, what’s the big deal in that?” I have nothing against people over the age of 21 knowingly adding a splash of alcohol to their egg-nog or apple cider, but let’s not overlook the next line in the ad; “when they’re not looking.” Whether it is alcohol, or any other substance that impairs your ability to make decisions, adding them to ANYONE’S drink without their consent is wrong!
The statement “when they’re not looking” is not only condoning rape and sexual assault, but Bloomindale’s is actively promoting violence against women. The body language alone and the people featured in the ad is making a very clear statement that the holiday season is just another “opportunity” to violate women. Since the highest rates of sexual assault happen to women under the age of 34, and the woman in the ad looks to be a young woman, this is the exact gender and age group at highest risk of being sexually assaulted.
Shame on you, Bloomingdale’s! I definitely know who is on the “naughty” list, to say the ABSOLUTE least. Bloomingdales you would be lucky to get a lump of coal from Santa.