NYT creates sexual harassment ad, stirs emotions

Sometimes, a simple advertisement can be as powerful as art, music or movies, and a recent New York Times ad sure moved mountains of emotions in viewers everywhere.

According to HuffPost, the powerhouse newspaper released an advertisement than ran during the recent broadcast of the Golden Globes that “references the newspaper’s bombshell report where several notable women said Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted and harassed them, as well as the #MeToo campaign.”

All set against a stark white background, the simple but powerful ad features all text that begins with the words, “He said.” The next pair of words to pop up on the screen were, “She said.” The pattern continues for a bit until HuffPost says eventually, the words, “She said” take over the screen — or, until the female voice finally has the last word.

With female voices of our day finally being heard and believed, it comes as no surprise that the ad conjured strong emotions in viewers; in fact, HuffPost says tweets began pouring in as the ad aired, with some calling it “powerful” and “perfection.”

While HuffPost says others though the ad was “off” or “tone-deaf,” one thing is certain: the female voice has been unleashed, and it will not be silenced.

Watch the full ad here.

Girl Scout wants girls to raise their hands

Girls should never feel unable to speak up — not in a classroom as kids and not in a conference room as adults. And one young girl scout is aiming to teach girls just that.

According to Scary Mommy, Alice Paul Tapper (daughter of CNN’s Jake Tapper) wrote an op-ed published in The New York Times, called “I’m 10. And I Want Girls to Raise Their Hands,” all with an aim of getting her peers to speak up and use their voice in the classroom. But not only did she write on the topic, she also took action.

After noticing boys standing in front and answering all the questions on a fourth-grade field trip, Scary Mommy says Tapper went back to her Girl Scout troop feeling upset, thinking girls didn’t want to speak up because they were afraid to answer the question wrong or because the boys were already owning the limelight. After sharing her concerns, her friends said they noticed the issue too, and decided to create a “Raise Your Hand” Girl Scout patch, which is now an official badge with all Girl Scout troops.

Writing on its goal in her op-ed, Tapper explained she hopes the patch will encourage girls to use their voices despite their fears or worries.

“People say girls have to be 90 percent confident before we raise our hands, but boys just raise their hands. I tell girls that we should take the risk and try anyway, just like the boys do. If the answer is wrong, it’s not the end of the world. It’s not like answering a trivia question to win a million dollars on live TV.”

Amen to that.

Call the ‘Ghostbusters’ cast to fight sexism

When sexism is overshadowing your craft, who are you going to call to fix it? The cast of the Ghostbusters reboot, that’s who.

According to the Huffington Post, the film’s cast — which includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon — joined the New York Times‘ David Itzkoff and the film’s director Paul Feig to discuss the making of the film along with the sexist feedback they’ve received.

While many viewers are claiming that the revamp, which will be released on July 15,  will “ruin” the original, the Huffington Post says that the cast told Itzkoff that they have had it with other sexist comments they’ve fielded:

Jones: To me, the people who are crying about, “This is ruining my childhood,” this movie is not for them anyway.

Wiig: They need to probably go to therapy.

McCarthy: I think their childhood was pretty much ruined already. If this broke it, it was pretty fragile to begin with. It is good to remember, it is a tiny, tiny fraction that screams. Normal, healthy people don’t stand outside, saying, “You’re ruining my childhood!” There’s one nut on every corner in every city that does it. But so what? The other 300,000 people in a town aren’t doing that.

But their responses to the sexist retorts didn’t end there. The Huffington Post says that McCarthy told Itzkoff that she “heard more about the young girls who were excited about the film than the sexist backlash.”

“When we were shooting, Paul would bring in pictures of young girls dressing up, and they had made their own proton packs and jumpsuits, and I thought, that’s really cool,” she said, according to HuffPost. “I was more aware of that stuff.”

Jones agreed, saying that she was surprised by the Internet uproar over the all-female cast. But she also said that she doesn’t understand why such backlash even exists. HuffPost says the actress put it this way:

“It’s the same thing, when you go to a comedy club. [announcer’s voice] ‘Are you guys ready for a woman?’ Are you ready for a unicorn? Why is being a woman so surprising? There are two sexes. A man and a woman. So, if it’s not a man in a movie, what else was it going to be?”

But perhaps Jones expressed her surprise at the backlash best when she said it’s unfounded because “women have been killing it for years.”

And we’re pretty sure Jones and the rest of the cast will only carry on the tradition in this film.

 

‘Vogue’ Visionary Stepping Down

If you love fashion, chances are you’ve picked up a copy of Vogue at least once in your life and ogled at the luxurious designer goods and impeccably-styled models displayed throughout the magazine’s glossy pages. But on Jan. 20, news broke that has the potential to change the lauded fashion bible as we know it.

According to The New York Times, Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue, announced she will be stepping down from her position at the Condé Nast publication. A spokeswoman for the company explained that Coddington will act as a “creative editor at large,” producing “several” articles a year for Vogue while pursuing other opportunities.

Coddington told industry website Business of Fashion that although she will be scaling back her position, she still looks forward to contributing to the magazine. “I’m not running away from Vogue, because it has opened so many doors. But it will be nice to collaborate, and nice to go out (and) give talks to people,” she said of her future plans.

The now-former creative director assumed her place in the spotlight after the 2009 documentary, “The September Issue,” was released, which followed famed Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour and her team as they compiled the magazine’s 840-page September 2007 issue — the largest single issue of a magazine ever printed, reports NPR.

Although Coddington has been with Vogue and worked side by side with Wintour for 28 years, The New York Times speculates that her departure may have been long overdue. In a 2014 interview with The Financial Times, Coddington said, “I’ve been saying, ‘I’m going to leave tomorrow’ for the last 10 years.” While her exit may comes as a shock to us Vogue readers, her vacancy may usher in a series of surprises that may change the publication as we know it.

The New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman describes three potential changes that may take place. Coddington and Wintour both assumed their positions at Vogue in 1988, while Executive Fashion Editor Phyllis Posnick has been at the magazine since 1987 and Fashion Director Tonne Goodman added her name to the masthead in 1999; Her exit, then, may spur other changes in leadership at the magazine.

Second, Friendman suggests that as Condé Nast reconciles their print publications with their respective online presences, any decisions Winter may make as the magazine’s artistic director will signal a longterm editorial strategy that will impact the magazine’s future.

Finally, Coddington celebrated fashion as a means to “transport and transform,” which balanced out Wintour’s practicality and business prowess. Their strengths combined to form the publication we have all come to love, and Coddington’s absence may mean an overall change in direction for Vogue.

While Coddington is bowing out from her post at Vogue, The New York Times says that she is not retiring altogether. In fact, she is set to release a perfume with fashion company Comme De Garçons in April, while working on a follow-up book to her 2002 title, “Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue.” There’s even talk of a film being made on her 2012 autobiography, “Grace.”

Perhaps Coddington explained her plans post-Vogue best when she said, “It’s just another approach. I’m certainly not going to retire. I don’t want to sit around.”

Clearly, Coddington has more work to do on more things that will, undoubtedly, find their way into our hearts yet again.