I've worked for American firms during my main working life, just as we saw the rise of political correctness (PC) and the PC-police.
It got to the stage where you couldn't even say "I like your new hairstyle", without falling foul of the PC-police (I know, as one of my male colleagues in Chicago got a reprimand from HR for saying that to a femail co-worker).
The result was that the American guys and gals would love coming to London, as we were far freer and more irreverent.
Maybe that's changed as a lot of our old ways are being worn down through gradual PC-creep.
Christmas is now Winter Holidays and my local pub has renamed itself (it was the Cock and Bull, it's now ... no, I'm not going there).
Anyways, in a new storm of controversy, Barclaycard's Winter Holiday Advert has been slammed as being sexist.
Here's the ad ...
On first viewing, it's a fantastic piece of marketing and branding, but the storm is all about the scene with the Barbie doll. As the New Statesman points out:
The father is shopping for his son’s present, when a Barbie approaches. Now, it’s already a dangerous area to slip in “they’re plastic” as an implied reason to disregard her flirting, but they then follow into the shark-infested waters of “on your bike dolly, it’s for his son”.
C'mon ... isn't that just funny?
Oh, maybe not.