Adweek saluted the Ad Council for 75 years of churning out PSAs for social change. Yet the philanthropic propaganda has featured a fair share of cultural cluelessness over the decades. Highlights include:
• Casting an Italian American to play an iconic Native American weeping over litter was a garbage move.
• “Love Has No Labels” advocates for love and inclusion, brought to you by R/GA, which can be labeled as a stereotypical White advertising agency that loves to include exotic dancers at company parties.
The Ad Council touts itself as a revolutionary champion for social change, yet its partnership with White advertising agencies perpetuates discriminatory exclusivity and stymies actual progress.