Dr Pepper's 'not for women' ad campaign: Sexist?
The soda giant is trying to make its new diet drink appeal to men with over-the-top ads boasting of the beverage's "10 manly calories"
The video: Dr Pepper is going out of its way to appeal to men — and potentially offending both sexes in the process. After market research revealed that men eschew diet sodas because they aren't "manly," the soda company decided to launch a 10-calorie soft drink called Dr Pepper Ten that aims to be more masculine. The can is gunmetal gray, and an extensive campaign for the beverage boldly declares that "it's not for women." A Facebook page for the drink lists 10 "Man'Ments" like "Thou shalt not pucker up. Kissy faces are never manly." And a TV ad (watch it below) features men in a faux-action film. They shoot lasers, punch snakes, and jump off cliffs while drinking the beverage and telling women that they should drink their girly diet sodas and watch romantic comedies instead.
The reaction: "A soda? Sexist?" asks SodaHead News. In this case, absolutely. Sure, advertisers face a challenge in marketing diet soda to men, but "Dr Pepper is going above and beyond to offend its female consumers." Actually, "the commercial is a lot more sexist towards men than it is towards women," says Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky. "The macho-macho-men" in the ad "seem self-mocking to me," and the ad implies that "appearing 'girly'" is something guys need to worry about. "Men's self-esteem is being manipulated here." Judge for yourself: