Sex. Celebrity. Politics. With Teeth
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Sex. Celebrity. Politics. With Teeth

4 Girls, 2 Guys, And A Calvin Klein Commercial

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Calvin Klein is back with his first television ad since the 80s, and — surprise — it's already been banned from late night cable TV. Let's watch it and try to get offended.

The ad — shot by Steven Meisel — features 6 impossibly hot models with hard-to-pronounce names dry-humping on what appears to be an old basement couch.

Sounds good, right? And I suppose it's alright, and provocative enough. That's sort of the problem. The 31 second ad seems so calculated to be 2000s era avant garde. It's like a delicately scored mash-up all of the 'edgy' sex-selling gimmicks you find in an average American Apparel ad:

- Gritty "almost like porn but prettier" aesthetic
- Voyeurism (Check out the arty security camera angles.)
- The hint — just the hint — of sexual violence around 0:22. (In this case, it's simply the usual throat stroking that precedes self-absorbed nipple rubbing. Nothing truly objectionable like Meisel's unsettling "State of Emergency" Vogue spread in 2006.)


I'm not particularly scandalized. And I sort of wanted to be. Maybe I just need to pour myself a glass of wine and watch it again... and again... and again...

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