Friday, November 13, 2009

7245: Staging A Holy War Against Gap.

From Adweek…

Christian Group Calls for Gap Boycott
AFA claims Crispin-generated ads that ‘downplay’ the word ‘Christmas’

By Elena Malykhina

The American Family Association is calling on consumers to boycott Gap Inc. and its brands, which include Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, this holiday season. The Christian organization alleges that the retailer’s ads downplay the word “Christmas.”

The boycott, according to the AFA, is in response to Gap’s holiday advertising and in-store promotions over the years, which have stayed away from recognizing any specific religion. For instance, last year’s campaign was themed “Merry Gap-mas,” substituting the chain’s name for Christ’s. The AFA—which had boycotted other retailers like Sears and Target in the past for their holiday ads—is singling out Gap this year. The AFA is planning to release a “Naughty and Nice” list of retailers who address Christmas and those who don’t.

Randy Sharp, a rep for the AFA, said that a Gap rep sent the group an e-mail alerting them to this year’s campaign, via Crispin Porter + Bogusky, that does use the word “Christmas,” but Sharp said the ad, which features the line “Go Christmas, Go Hanukkah, Go Kwanzaa, Go Solstice,” and beckons consumers to “86 the rules,” is offensive. “It looks like an attempt to patronize people,” he said. “What they did was almost make a joke of it.”

The boycott is running from Nov. 1 through Christmas Day, and the AFA is urging consumers to sign a Gap pledge on its site. Gap was not available for comment at press time.

When asked if retailers might have a legitimate business reason to avoid using the word Christmas in ads, Sharp replied that he thought it was a valid concern, but cited polls showing very few people are actually offended by the use of the term. “The problem lies when you try to be politically correct and offend 80 percent or so of consumers,” he said. “The reality is, most people are shopping for Christmas gifts.”

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Fall into the Gap...of HELL