Over the years, I have found that when itcomes to my intuition, generally speaking, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. That’s why I was surprised that when I googled this Old Navy ad campaign, I came up with nothing.
Doesn’t anyone besides me see the swastikas splashed all over this ad? Not only are the models posed as human swastikas, individually, but they are also grouped in four-person swastika formation, like a anti-semitic synchronized swim team.
Ironically enough, the ad campaign is entitled “Spot the Difference”, and asks the viewer/reader to compare two seemingly identical photos filled with Old Navy merchandise, a la the “I Spy” books for those who have children of “I Spy” age and “spot” the subtle differences between the two (like, in the top two photos, the girl is carrying a black bag in the photo on the left and a brown bag in the photo on the right).
I, of course, found myself “spotting” the swastikas instead.
In case you weren’t able to spot the swastikas in the photos above, which I saw today while flipping through Glamour Magazine, try your hand at spotting them in the photos below:
I wish I could say that these ads contained even a hint of irony. But I just don’t see it. What I do see are human swastikas depicted in the traditional Nazi colors of red, white and black.
I guess there will be no Hanukah shopping at Old Navy for the Yoga Chickie family. We prefer our swastikas spray painted with malice-apparent, not smiling brightly in the latest in hoodlum-chic mass-marketed youth attire.
Ah, holiday fun. Good times.