‘The Best Men Can Be’. That’s the tagline of Gillette’s new ad campaign that focuses on highlighting social issues such as bullying, the ‘#MeToo’ movement and sexism.

Launched on 13th January, Gillette’s new ad campaign has divided opinion and re-ignited the debate about brands that politicise adverts with hot-button social justice issues.

The message in the advert is one that is aimed at males exclusively, as they encourage men to ‘say the right thing’, ‘act the right way’ and to ‘hold each other accountable’.

Whilst some people have praised the advert, others have vowed to Boycott Gillette.

But what do the stats say? At the time of writing, the YouTube video has a like to dislike ratio of 38k likes and 258k dislikes.

Perhaps unsuspectingly, Gillette decided to allow comments on the video, where you really have to dig deep to find anything resembling a positive comment.

Some of the comments include:

‘How can their marketing department be so out of touch with reality?’

‘How can you alienate your entire demographic and not expect it to blow up in your face?’

‘Sell razors, not propaganda.’

‘I love how multi-billion dollar corporations think they have some kind of moral high ground to tell us how to behave’

‘Well this was a colossal mistake. Do you even know your customers?’

TWITTER REACTS

Recent years have seen a growing trend in the amount of brand activism from advertisers. Some of which have ignited heated debates around the issues they cover.

This trend suggests that brands in today’s world aren’t just in the business of influencing our purchasing decisions, but they’re also shaping our culture.

But the question is, where do brands fit into political discourse? Is it their responsibility to highlight such issues? Or should they even have a place in the debate at all?