advert on TikTok banned for showing offensive gender stereotypes – Sky News

A viewer, who believed the advert was sexist and spreading negative gender stereotypes, challenged whether it was harmful and offensive.
Wednesday 5 October 2022 03:39, UK
An advert posted by on TikTok has been banned for showing potentially offensive negative gender stereotypes.
The clip featured a couple in their home, and showed the woman giving the man a drink while he has feet up and using his phone, before organising socks and towels and putting a football match on the TV.
Throughout the ad, a female voice-over says: “I will make him his protein drink after the gym. I always make sure he has a fresh towel and socks after his shower. I put the football on for him every evening.”
At the end of the advert, which was titled “Things that make me realise I’m a keeper”, the woman adds: “Find your keeper via Match. Go download the Match app today.”
After it was posted on 30 June, a viewer, who believed the ad was sexist and perpetuated negative gender stereotypes, challenged if it was harmful and offensive.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) flagged the fact that all the deeds performed by the woman were domestic chores to “please her male partner”, which could have been interpreted as reinforcing a negative gender stereotype.
“We further noted that the actions of the woman were one-sided and were not reciprocated by the man in the ad,” it said.
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The ASA also took aim at the title of the video, saying that it “reinforced the idea that women should be subservient to men in order to maintain a successful relationship”.
“We concluded that the ad perpetuated negative gender stereotypes and was likely to cause harm and widespread offence,” the authority said. Homepage © 2022 Sky UK


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