Published on May 1, 2012
Great, dramatic and powerful presentation of Semyon Bychkov with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus, the BBC National Chorus of Wales, the London Philharmonic Choir, Marina Poplavskaya (soprano), Mariana Pentcheva (mezzo-soprano), Joseph Calleja (tenor) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass) playing the great Requiem of Giuseppe Verdi, at BBC Proms 2011.
Grandiosa, poderosa y dramática presentación de Semyon Bychkov junto a la Orquesta Sinfónica de la BBC, el Coro Sinfónico de la BBC, el Coro Nacional BBC de Gales, el Coro de a Filarmónica de Londres, Marina Poplavskaya (soprano), Mariana Pentcheva (mezzo-soprano), Joseph Calleja (tenor) y Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass) interpretando el Requiem de Giuseppe Verdi, en los Proms de la BBC 2011.
(C) BBC and ALL their respective owners. There’s a very-little-tiny personal work here (JUST in the edition of the video, making better the color of the video, nothing more).
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Shaving company Gillette has been bombarded with both praise and abuse after launching an advertising campaign promoting a new kind of positive masculinity.
Engaging with the #MeToo movement, the company’s new advertising campaign plays on its 30-year tagline “The best a man can get”, replacing it with “The best men can be”.
The advertisement features news clips of reporting on the #MeToo movement, as well as images showing sexism in films, in boardrooms, and of violence between boys, with a voice over saying: “Bullying, the MeToo movement against sexual harassment, toxic masculinity, is this the best a man can get?”
The film, called We Believe: the Best Men Can Be, immediately went viral with more than 4m views on YouTube in 48 hours and generated both lavish praise and angry criticism.
“This commercial isn’t anti-male. It’s pro-humanity,” wrote Bernice King, daughter of the late civil rights legend Martin Luther King. “And it demonstrates that character can step up to change conditions.”
The Emmy-award winning actor and prominent Donald Trump supporter James Woods meanwhile accused Gillette of “jumping on the ‘men are horrible’ campaign” and pledged to boycott its products.
Far-right magazine The New American attacked the advertisement’s message, saying it “reflects many false suppositions”, adding that: “Men are the wilder sex, which accounts for their dangerousness – but also their dynamism.”
But Duncan Fisher, head of policy and innovation for the Family Initiative, welcomed the company’s revolutionary shift in messaging and said it played into a new narrative about positive masculinity. “There are a lot of men who want to stand up for a different type of masculinity, but for many there has not been a way for men to express that, we just need to give them a voice,” he said. “Obviously this is an advert created by an agency to sell razors but it represents an attempt to change the dialogue.”
Others remarked that the intensity of the backlash revealed the necessity for a wider acknowledgement of the damage done to men and women by toxic masculinity.
Among the objections were that the video implied most men were sexual harassers or violent thugs, that it was “virtue-signalling” by a company that doesn’t care about the issue, and that the advertisement was emasculating.
The film’s YouTube page quickly became a cultural battleground, with negative responses outnumbering positive on the platform – which has faced criticism for not doing enough to curtail misogyny in its comments – and many commenters saying they would never buy a Gillette razor again.
The advert threw TV presenter Piers Morgan into an apoplexy, prompting him to declare a boycott of the company and dedicate a column condemning it as part of a “pathetic global assault on masculinity”.
Responding to Morgan’s angry tweets, American broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien simply tweeted: “Oh shut up Piers,” while Canadian comedian Deven Green, as her character Mrs Betty Bowers imagined Gillette’s response to Morgan’s rage, tweeting: “Piers Morgan thinking he is a spokesperson for rampant masculinity is adorable.”
The advertisement shows men intervening to stop fights between boys and calling other men out when they say sexually inappropriate things to women in the streets.
“We believe in the best in men: To say the right thing, to act the right way. Some already are in ways big and small. But some is not enough. Because the boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow,” the voiceover says.
PR expert Mark Borkowski called the advert part of a “fantastically well-thought through campaign”, adding that it appealed to a younger generation that were very aware of the power of advertising and marketing on society.
“It is no longer enough for brands to simply sell a product, customers are demanding that they have a purpose – that they stand for something,” he said. “Masculinity is a huge part of Gillette’s brand, and there is a recognition in this ad that the new generation is reworking that concept of masculinity, and it is no longer the cliche is once was.”
Writing in more detail about the thinking of the advert Gillette, which is owned by Procter & Gamble, said the advertisement was part of a broader initiative for the company to promote “positive, attainable, inclusive and healthy versions of what it means to be a man.
Gillette has also promised to donated $1m a year for three years to non-profit organisations with programs “designed to inspire, educate and help men of all ages achieve their personal “best” and become role models for the next generation”.
The ad was directed by Kim Gehrig of the UK-based production agency, Somesuch. Gehrig was behind the 2015 This Girl Can advertising campaignfor Sport England and “Viva La Vulva”, an advertisement for Swedish feminine hygiene brand Libresse.
Some people took issue with the advertisement because it was directed by a woman. The Conservative Canadian political commentator Ezra Levant wrote: “A shaving ad written by pink-haired feminist scolds is about as effective as a tampon ad written by middle aged men … Count this 30-year customer out.”
But many praised the campaign, including Iceland’s foreign ministry, and the Tyler Clementi Foundation, named after a student who jumped to his death after being outed online as gay.
The campaign follows other campaigns by major international brands that have dealt with social and political issues. In 2018 Nike ran a campaign featuring NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who drew criticism from Donald Trump for kneeling during the national anthem to protest against racism.