Cara Delevingne‘s recent commercial for Jimmy Choo may mark her grand return to modeling, but for many fans, the collaboration failed to hit the mark. She is being slammed for participating in an ad that many are calling tone-deaf for its complicity in promoting catcalling and sexual harassment.
The minute-and-a-half-long ad features Delevingne walking down a street while several men whistle and catcall at her for her outfit: a slinky red dress with sparkly Jimmy Choo booties. In one part, Delevingne walks past a man who whistles and tells her, “Nice shoes, lady.” The camera then pans to Delevingne who looks at him, smiles and continues her strut.
The commercial, which many are calling tone-deaf and regressive, is being criticized for making light of sexual harassment. Several critics also lambasted Delevingne and Jimmy Choo for sexualizing clothes, a topic that sexual harassment and assault victims are frequently blamed for when a perpetrator attacks. A few of the comments included:
Because being cat-called and harassed on the streets of NYC is just so cool, sexy and fun! Wow. Read the room Jimmy Choo!
— Bonnie Bauman (@bonbauman) December 19, 2017
— Krystal Atha (@Atha01) December 19, 2017
All those talking about catcalling, it's clearly for the shoes not for Cara! All catcalling is different it can be offensive or be a compliment & what woman doesn't want a compliment? I love to be complimented on my shoes, most of it comes from gay guys, so how is that offensive?
— Karina (@KarinaSwanS) November 10, 2017
The criticism comes two months after Delevingne opened up about her sexual harassment experience with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. As of yet, neither Delevingne nor Jimmy Choo has addressed the criticism. Though we hope they hear the critics out and address the backlash.
Originally posted on StyleCaster.