Where To Draw The Line

The controversy over Marc Jacobs Oh Lola! Perfume featuring Dakota Fanning is not a black or white issue for me.

The perfume “Oh Lola!” features an advertising campaign DESIGNED for controversy. Society inadvertently helps to thrive on creating a PERFECT, NO-COST advertising campaign for the very companies and products they are hoping to ban. This creates more interest in the very issues and items they hope to “squash”.

Here is the problem, the Oh Lola! Perfume advertising portrays innocence as an enticing form of sexuality. The pictures may seem cheeky in a “no big deal” sort of way to many who may argue that Dakota Fanning is seventeen years old and the pictures are very tame. That was MY initial thinking and probably the thinking of most of our rational society. However, giving it more consideration I do see where this IS a problem… because not everyone shares MY attitude towards sex, which by the way, is not as free-spirited as one might think. Dakota Fanning is a child, I am a huge fan of this child actress and am partially disappointed in the idea that she is losing her innocence and there is nothing I can do about this… I am not her parent, and this is not my personal concern… BUT it IS SOCIETY’S personal concern if society decides it is! And that’s just what is happening in the UK… Marc Jacob’s Oh Lola! ad… banned… slap-slap Mac Jacobs!

The picture in the ad is “nothing” or is it? 

Considering that controversy was the desired effect for this ad, this is “SOMETHING”.

Many in society call this “nothing” and then we are astonished and upset when we encounter the countless crimes of child pornography and  sexual abuse.  This must sound a bit dramatic, I realize.  But it is certainly a stepping stone.  This is not the first time, nor will it be the last time we have an obscure line to define and draw as a society.

Where do we draw the line as a society for a sick-o putting suggestive pictures of children “out there” or a company putting a suggestive ad “out there” with the purpose of selling their product.

Thumbs down to Marc Jacobs, and thumbs down to the PARENTS of Dakota Fanning for not using better judgment for their talented and beautiful child. 

Click here for a YouTube link to a story regarding this controversy, this opens in a new window.


~Don’t Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Danielle Concordia
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 20:13:39

    It’s so weird because she is “almost” 18, thy magical number. I don’t see her oozing sexuality here but I can see where someone might. This is a tough one.


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