A new advertisement for shoe designer Jimmy Choo featuring Cara Delevingne has been criticised as “tone deaf” and “sexist”.
The advert, part of the brand’s Shimmer in the Dark’ Cruise 2018 campaign shows the model and actress walking down the streets of New York City in a sparkling red minidress and glittery shoes, while one man shouts at her, “Nice shoes, lady.”
In the wake of the recent sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood and the #MeToo movement, many on Twitter slammed the ad for appearing to glorify catcalling.
“Read the room Jimmy Choo. Selling shoes with an ad where a woman is catcalled and ogled while trying to get to where she needs to go is gross,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another added: “Wow. Tone Deaf.” While Jessica Valenti, founder of the Feminising blog and author of ‘Sex Object: A Memoir’, wrote: “Perhaps now is not the best moment to run an ad about how cool and sexy catcalling is?”
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Perhaps now is not the best moment to run an ad about how cool and sexy catcalling is? https://t.co/8TK9huRHLL— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) December 19, 2017
Cara later wrote a message of support to women who have faced sexual harassment in industries outside of Hollywood, whose stories don’t get the same media attention.