There’s a question I tried to respond to, but I’ve apparently been blocked by the poster. Must have given him some *ahem* “Flak” somewhere along the line. C’est la vie🤷♂️ If you aren’t smart enough to debate with me, I guess that’s your best available option. But this question was basically dancing on Gillette’s grave after they took a financial hit in response to the commercial, as if this was poetic justice, and not a sickening confirmation of a lot of disgusting attitudes that I feared existed.
But I honestly have not been as perplexed by anything in such a long time as I was by the negative response to the “The Best Men Can Be” ad by Gillette Razors. I heard all the blowback and I was like “whoa...this must be terrible.” Then I watched it, and I kept waiting to be offended, but I was just like “welp....these guys are right as my jerk hand.”
If you missed the ad, here it is....
Before the typical blue anon bullshit starts cascading in, I am not an SJW, a feminist, a cuck or soyboy or any of your other stupid, not-at-all-clever little barbs you learned to use to chum the Internet waters for bashing anything remotely progressive that basically serve as a veritable “I’m an idiot” tattoo on your forehead. I do not consider myself liberal, or conservative for that matter, or any other dumb and unnecessary label we started saddling each other with. I’m simply a guy with two eyes, two ears, and a brain, to take in and process information. So everything I say comes from a very neutral place.
SO....what exactly is the fucking problem? This was not an attempt to paint all men with the same brush and say that all of us are terrible people. Frankly, you’re extremely unintelligent if that was your takeaway from it, if you ask me.
What I saw was some REAL behaviors, by SOME men (i.e. don’t necessarily take it so fucking personally), that I think do need to be addressed. Obviously anything on video is designed to be acted out to be impactful, to really tell a story in a matter of a few seconds. So obviously this will deal in extremes, but as the viewer, there’s an expectation on your end to understand a very simple concept: sometimes things get a little exaggerated for visual effect. It’s really not complicated to wrap your mind around.
All that said, I want to ask you guys, and gals too...what about this video was incorrect, in terms of what SOME men do? Do SOME men catcall or sexually harass women? YES. Do SOME men bully or act violently? YES, in fact, that’s the aspect of this video that’s probably a shot at me.
Think of the imagery in the video, there are a few scenes that stick out. Two guys at a pool party trying to record video of two visibly uncomfortable bikini-clad girls, and a guy steps in and says “guys, knock it off.” What kind of a piece of shit do you need to be to have a problem with that? Same for the hot chick that walks by, and the one overexcited dude that looks like he’s about to make an inappropriate approach, and his buddy says “whoa, not cool.” Again, shit I have seen happen in real life. I had to throw guys out of the bar I used to work at for shit like that almost weekly. Again, to have a problem with that, you’re a piece of shit, and that’s not really debatable.
What else? The kid being chased by a pack of bigger bullies, and then that deplorable son of a bitch steps in stops the beating. Or the clip of a YouTube video of a real street fight between two teenage dudes, and an adult walks in, breaks up the fight, and gives them a little lecture, telling them “come on...y’all almost MEN!”, and gets them to shake hands and walk away. I mean, what a fuckin’ cunt those couple of guys were, eh?🙄😒
We don’t need to break it all down, but the fact is, I have witnessed all of the exhibited behaviors in the reality of my own life, so it’s ABSOLUTELY NOT inaccurate, if that’s your argument, you can’t do shit for me but stuff that in a sack and hide it somewhere in a remotely-located ravine where it will never be found. Come at me with a LEGITIMATE counter-argument . And if you endorse any of those behaviors, you’re not a very decent person, and there’s no legitimate argument to even be had there.
The longtime slogan of Gillette has been “The Best A Man Can Get”, and this was obviously a socially conscious spin on that. Again, it said right in the narration that SOME men are doing right, but it’s not enough of them, and it’s ALL of our responsibilities, AS MEN, to police the dickheads out there who do shit like that. How the fuck can you POSSIBLY take issue with that?
I was very disappointed to see the negative reaction from men. It’s had a negative impact on the business, although I think a lot of that is also due to the emergence of cheaper online shaving companies, plus the current mainstream trend of beards, requiring less shaving, less strokes per shave, and the razors don’t need to be replaced as often. But there’s definitely a lot of men who seemingly couldn’t handle being called out for shitty behavior, or thought it was somehow audacious to be asked to maybe tell your idiot buddy doing said behaviors to chill his shit the fuck out. I mean, that is just MIND-BLOWINGLY, STUNNINGLY ignorant.
So to me, if you boycott Gillette, I can only take that as: “I don’t respect women, they don’t deserve decent treatment, and I am completely comfortable with being a piece of shit.” I would love to hear your arguments to the contrary, but I’m preemptively already out on the idea that this was somehow an ugly and inaccurate portrayal of the worst examples of male behavior in our society, because I have witnessed every single one of those incidents in real life, multiple times in most cases, and I’m guilty of the more violent stuff myself, and that’s where I can probably be charged to be better. Are we really that immature that we can’t simply say “hey guys...we can be better than this boorish and disrespectful behavior, and those of us already doing right need to hold the others accountable.” Like what kind of sick fuck seriously has a problem with that message? So if you’re cool with your mothers and sisters and daughters and wives/girlfriends being treated that way, I cordially invite you to buy from Harry’s or Dollar Shave Club or Bic....but when you look into that mirror to shave, don’t you DARE say the person looking back at you is at all a decent human being.
Thanks for reading, and go fuck yourself, if applicable.