No, no, NO! What the ..?!
Yep – you see that picture at the top of this piece – that’s Hollywood star Dakota Fanning in a new commercial campaign for Marc Jacob’s new perfume – Oh, Lola.
Dakota is 17 years old.
Now I’m going to go out on a limb here and call this advert a big, fat FAIL
It’s not just the overt posing of a 17-year-old Dakota Fanning with a giant, phallic-esque perfume bottle between her legs (side note, is that actual size? Talk about value). It’s also the “come hither” gaze and the big giant flower! Please tell me I’m reading too much into this. Maybe I’m a prude. But should a 17-year-old, Hollywood actress or otherwise, be sending that kind of overtly sexual message?
Look, I can only imagine how tough it must be to transition from child actor to adult star but I think it can be done, with someone to help navigate the pitfalls. Look at Jodie Foster for example.
And maybe that’s why this Dakota Fanning ad surprises me so much. I interviewed a young Dakota years ago while on that morning show gig and she was just as nice, sweet and lovely as she could be; Dakota’s mother was there and was also gracious and appreciative.
But where in the heck was her mother when they sketched out this little ditty? Did she have a clear idea of what the final product would be and if so was she really okay with this advert? My take, oh hell do I even need to say it? No WAY would I allow my 17-year-old daughter to pose like this. Kids grow up fast enough; do we really need to speed the aging process along?
But what do you think? Is this shocking or offensive to you? Am I reading too much into the commercial? Would you let your kid pose like this – and furthermore does this make you want to buy the perfume? Lemme hear ya!