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Trans* Ban: Not a Burden

There seems to be running theme with the illustrations I am creating. It’s impossible to ignore the garbage that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth, and it’s certainly impossible to ignore messages of hate, including transphobia.
In August, Trump’s directive issued a military policy that would prohibit transgender people from joining all branches of the armed forces and ban military healthcare plans from funding sex-reassignment surgeries. Trump has decided to discredit American heroes based on their gender identity by directing the military not to move forward with an Obama-era plan (from 2016). The plan allowed transgender individuals to be recruited into the armed forces, along with a ban of the Department of Defense from using its resources to provide medical treatment mentioned above.

Once more, many trans* heroes will be left in limbo in so many different ways – mentally, socially, financially and emotionally. Trump’s decision pours salt an already transphobic wound that a large part of the world is desperately trying to heal.
This illustration questions what exactly is the difference between a cis-soldier and a trans-soldier? Nothing.

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Meet the Meat: M&C Saatchi

The Task Force on Human Trafficking and Prostitution (TFHT) teamed up with M&C Saatchi (Tel Aviv) to campaign for the legislation to prohibit prostitution, aiming to put an end to the prostitution industry in Israel. Mortality rates among Israeli female prostitutes are 40 times higher than the rest of the population, so M&C aimed to reduce the demand for prostitution by engaging with consumers who finance the industry.
The message for this campaign is that women are not a product for consumption, so they created a pop-up ‘food’ truck parked opposite the Israeli Parliament selling “women’s meat” sandwiches called ‘Breast Amal’ and ‘Ribs of Yael’, packaged into brown paper bags with real life stories of prostitutes:

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The experiential ‘Meet the Meat’ creative also features a truck with an illustration of a woman’s body divided into ‘cuts’, just like a cow. The vivid and disturbing creative reflects the dark facts – according to a survey by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, 12,500 women, men and teenagers are employed in prostitution in Israel.

Tzur Golan, ECD and Partner at M&C Saatchi, Tel Aviv said:

We can’t stand by and let this continue. It’s important to highlight the fact that every day vulnerable men, women and teenagers are employed in prostitution – and it’s getting worse. The best way to stop the wheels of this industry is to harm demand – if there’s no demand there won’t be supply. We wanted to create meaningful work and will continue to support TFHT as they continue to take a stand against the prostitution industry.

This is an incredible example of using advertising for social change – not just creating awareness in the most basic marketing form, but by using an in-your-face, bold and gross tactic is a sure way to get people talking. Hopefully it will get the government talking too.

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California: Designing Freedom | The Design Museum

If you haven’t been to the new building for the Design Museum which recently relocated to Kensington, you are missing out. The architecture and gift shop alone are worth a visit!
The exhibition “California” caught my eye based on the parts that explore ‘freedom’. The exhibition explores more than just the expression of human rights freedom:

California: Designing Freedom explores how the ideals of the 1960s counterculture morphed into the tech culture of Silicon Valley, and how ‘Designed in California’ became a global phenomenon.

The central premise is that California has pioneered tools of personal liberation, from LSD to surfboards and iPhones. This ambitious survey brings together political posters and portable devices, but also looks beyond hardware to explore how user interface designers in the San Francisco Bay Area are shaping some of our most common daily experiences. By turns empowering, addictive and troubling, Californian products have affected our lives to such an extent that in some ways we are all now Californians.

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Aside from the array of Apple inventions and iconic technological advances that California has blessed the world with, the most interesting part of the exhibition for me was “Say What You Want”. Described as “tools of self expression and rebellion”, this part of the exhibition showcased artefacts that were created to highlight racism, sexism and homophobia:

P.S. sorry for the awful photo quality! Taken on my phone.

It was incredible being able to be so close to relics that were created to protest against the biggest human rights movements in the world. They even displayed newspaper articles from the past, and contemporary pieces created against Trump’s America.
I cannot recommend this show enough. It has to be one of my (if not THE) all time favourite exhibitions.

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Pepsi, this is how it’s done. Heineken: Worlds Apart | #OpenYourWorld

Remember the best April Fools joke of all time (aka Pepsi’s car-crash ad featuring Kendall Jeanner)? Well, it seems Heineken has taken on the concept of ‘peacemaking via the sharing a drink’ in their new ad “Worlds Apart”.
The spot features sets of people who have opposing views on feminism, climate change and gender. They are tasked with a team building construction project, then shown their VT tapes (which reveal their opinions) and consequently asked if they wish to stay for a beer or leave. Whilst I have my doubts about the authenticity whenever brands use social and political discussions in ad concepts, I think Heineken pulls this off nicely. Pepsi should take note.

At the end of the ad, I found myself smiling about the fact that the transphobic man used the correct pronouns for the trans* woman: “I’d have to tell my girlfriend that I’ll be texting another girl. She might be a bit upset with that, but I’ll have to get around that one.”

What makes this work 10 million times better than the Pepsi ad? Well, agency Publicis London targeted a post-Brexit UK (like Pepsi tried and failed to do in a post-Trump world) by including discussion and conversation within the ad, rather than attempting to create a satire-style video with white-washing for ‘the resistance’. The suggestion that a beverage can heal a very divided society is a strong and fragile statement, and whilst I have my doubts about the intentions of brands who go down this route, this is the perfect counteragent for our Pepsi wounds.

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The Standing “O”

Creative agency Deep Focus created a micro-site to say thank you to our favourite president, Obama. The site The Standing “O” contains user-submitted GIFs of people giving Obama a standing ovation, creating a mosaic of Obama himself.

As President Obama’s time in office comes to an end, we wanted to send him off properly – by bringing the world together for one last standing ovation. Join us in #TheStandingO.

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The micro-site allows users to submit a GIF, zoom in to the mosaic and select individual gifs to view. Deep Focus partnered with Giphy and NowThis to collect the GIFs, or videos (that were then turned into GIFs by the agency’s team) of people applauding Obama, which were then moderated to make sure they were not offensive. Algorithms placed the GIFs in the photo of Obama based on colour schemes to create the wonderful tribute wall to the 44th President.

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Trump: one rule for me, one rule for everyone else

 

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I had to do an illustration for the US election.
10 hours until the vote closes, and there’s still something really bothering me… unless you’re in denial or living under a rock, it’s common knowledge that Trump and his supporters and racist. His immigration tactic stole the hearts of all the painfully stupid white Americans, and when asked about deportation (claims to deport 11m in 2 years) he said “those people are out. They’re gonna be out so fast your head will spin”. It fascinates me that Trump has chosen to demonise blacks and Latinos, for being illegal immigrants, yet his wife is from Yugaslavia. Melania went to the USA in 1996 and fully emigrated in 2001. She wasn’t born in the USA, she doesn’t “sound American” and it certainly took a few years to get her green card. So why are people from Slovakia, like Melania, not tarnished with the same “foreigner” brush like all the other victims of Trump’s small orange mouth? It probably helps that she’s white.
Before starting this illustration I did a little research of poor Melania. Why is she married to this animal and why is she an exception to his xenophobic rules?! Other than “bigly”, Trump’s favourite word is “crook” – something he likes to use not just to describe Clinton, but also a lot of the “hombres” in the USA. It turns out that his own wife is a not only an immigrant but also a crook! Melania’s website falsely claimed for more than a decade that she had a degree in architecture and design from the University of Ljubljana. Her biography in the 2016 Republican National Convention official program also incorrectly stated that she had obtained a degree in Slovenia. She has lied about her education for her own financial and personal gain.

It deeply concerns me that half of the USA doesn’t see the hypocrisy in everything Trump says. His wife is a liar who made false claims. His wife is not a US born citizen. Yet Trump expresses an immense hate for those exact people. This man spews nothing but hate and division, and simply cannot be in charge of the USA, otherwise the entire world will be under threat. I’m scared for tomorrow.

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Sagmeister & Walsh: Pins Won’t Save the World

I simply cannot promise that this will be my last US Election post. There’s just too much good content out there that’s been accumulated since Trump took to the post to become the next President of the USA (not going to happen)

The infamous Sagmeister & Walsh have created 40 illustrated badges in protest against Donald Trump. The unique messages are encouraging people to vote for Hillary Clinton, whilst promoting tolerance (and all things surrounding kindness and love that you’d never hear coming out of Trump’s tiny mouth).

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Enamel badges and patches are currently very on trend, which are sold in huge fashion brands such Topshop, ASOS, Zara (controversial) etc. Although the target audience – millennials – are mainly liberal, only 26% of them voted in 2012, with 48 million missed votes. So, the designs are another ploy to get young people off their asses and vote! Sagmeister and Walsh’s own designs feature alongside contributions from a variety of their friends and colleagues, including Brian Rae, Jean Jullien, Timothy Goodman, Olimpia Zagnoli, Ward Sutton, Will Bryant, Coucou Suzette, Adam JK, Ro & Co Studio, Jon Contino, and HORT.

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Girls of Paradise: McCann Paris

With every positive there’s a negative, and this is definitely true when it comes to the pros and cons of the internet. The internet allows us to feel like we have some sort of faceless anonymity, and McCann Paris (for French organisation Le Mouvement du Nid) explored this idea with ‘Girls of Paradise’ – a fake (but very convincing) escort website that is aimed at consumers of this industry to highlight their responsibility and association with violence against women in the escort business.

As mentioned above, it is easy to become inconspicuous and innominate on the internet, particularly when dealing with something as seedy and taboo as the sex industry. On the website, one can view profiles and photos, and chat or call the women before arranging a date. The key unveiling of this project is when the ‘Girls’ are presented as already dead – this is revealed when the customer tries to converse with the escort, and is instead shown gruesome photos of the women beaten and bloody, on their death-beds. Additionally, the active customer may be told that the chosen girl is unavailable due to being assaulted or murdered (in horrific and specific detail) by a previous customer. What better way to communicate a horrendous, but urgent message than shove the evidence right in the consumer’s (accomplice’s) face?! This is why I love advertising for social change.

Amazingly, 600+ calls were taken in the first week on Girls of Paradise, and Le Mouvement du Nid (whose aim is to help women victimised by the sex trade) believes the campaign was highly influential in France’s law changes. On 6th April 2016, France made paying for sex illegal.
[McCann Paris/Le Mouvement du Nid won gold at the Clio Awards.]

 

Company: McCann Paris
Agency Network: McCann Worldgroup
Production Company: Medialab Technology, Paris
Creative Agency: McCann Paris, Clichy
Executive Creative Director: Riccardo Fregoso
Executive Creative Director: Julien Chiapolini
Art Director: Christophe Rambaux
Copywriter: Gilles Ollier
CEO: Bruno Tallent
Account Coordinator: Coline Déchelette
Worldwide Account Director: Fiona Ferrier-Weil
Digital Account Manager: Selim Boukhanef
Strategic Planner: Shadi Razavi
Art Buyer: Véronique Leblanc
Art Buyer: Delphine Devaux
Producer: Isabelle Créchet
Producer: Caroline de Génis
Chief technology officer: Dragan Kontic
Technical Project Manager: Vianney de Villier
Technical Project Manager: Clément Hardouin
Front End Developer: Pierre-Yves Chassaigne
Managing Director: Agnieszka Kozbial
Sound Producer: Capitaine Plouf

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EU: Yes or No? What has the ECHR ever done for us?

After Theresa May says Britain should leave the European convention on human rights, Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough and Sarah Solemani expose the problems in the Conservative plan for a UK bill of rights. Hilarious satire video:

May said the influence of the European Court of Human Rights made Britain “less secure” as she described how it had delayed the deportation of hate preachers and terror suspects, as well as denying MPs the power to ban prisoners from having the vote. May has now been ridiculed after being told Britain can’t quit the ECHR as long as it remains a member of the EU. The EU is bound by the ECHR.

The shadow justice secretary, Charles Falconer, accused May of “sacrificing Britain’s 68-year-old commitment to human rights for her own miserable Tory leadership ambitions”.

So, as someone who is wanting to take part in this vote, whilst being a human rights activist, the safety if ECHR is concerning. Shouldn’t the UK lead not retreat on human rights?

Theresa May has claimed “we can protect human rights ourselves”, which is a terrifying statement, particularly in the wake of the US presidential election, where Human Rights groups are looking for allies and support from other countries. How can we criticise Donald Trump’s views on human rights and equality if we are unable to set an example ourselves? How will this impact those wanting to have a better life in the UK after living in abhorrent, dangerous conditions?

I’m spending some time researching and thinking about which way my vote should go. I will also be considering the impact of Animal Rights laws (I’ll probably do a post on that too), as the recent changes in laws have had a hugely positive impact on EU animal cruelty regarding the barbaric testing of products etc. What will happen with China and their animal testing policy? Will we still obtain the same Animal Rights laws if we leave the EU?…

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Paxman Vs Brand

This is EXACTLY why I don’t vote!
I am not ashamed that I have never voted, I’m not un-interested in politics, and I certainly appreciate my rights as a woman. BUT, I do not appreciate politicians and their broken promises, so I do not vote for the exact same reasons stated by Brand, and haven’t done so for 3 years.

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