Things that make you go “hmm:” Drink French

Last time zaiah and I went downtown to visit her girlfriend, we came upon this billboard, which I had to take a picture of.

I’m not entirely sure what the marketing angle of this advertising campaign is. It seems like they’re comparing the decadence of their French champagne to the decadence of French women, maybe who have (at least here in the States) a reputation for casual hedonism. So if you drink their champagne you’ll, I don’t know, experience casual hedonism too, or shop how uninhibited you are, or something. I’m not quite sure.

But, see, here’s the problem: In the US at least, the combination of alcohol and passive-looking women creates an unfortunate, date-rapey subtext. I don’t think that subtext is intentional in this billboard–at least I hope it’s not–but it’s a bit hard to believe that whoever designed it was quite so tone-deaf.

Am I missing something here?

20 thoughts on “Things that make you go “hmm:” Drink French

  1. St. Germain doesn’t make champagne. St. Germain is a liqueur that was originally made from elder flowers. It first began production in Paris back in the late 1800s. St. Germain and Champagne with a twist of lemon is a classic French cocktail. A great deal of their advertising campaign is to remix some of the old fashioned ads they used to run decades ago in Paris.

  2. St. Germain doesn’t make champagne. St. Germain is a liqueur that was originally made from elder flowers. It first began production in Paris back in the late 1800s. St. Germain and Champagne with a twist of lemon is a classic French cocktail. A great deal of their advertising campaign is to remix some of the old fashioned ads they used to run decades ago in Paris.

  3. Yeah, I didn’t get that message at all. She looks sorta languid but not passive to me. And it very much looks like “be dirty like us dirty French girls”, not come take advantage of us drunk girls.

  4. Yeah, I didn’t get that message at all. She looks sorta languid but not passive to me. And it very much looks like “be dirty like us dirty French girls”, not come take advantage of us drunk girls.

  5. Maybe it’s my own proclivities showing, but I’ll have to agree with the above poster: she doesn’t look so much passive to me as she does pondering. (No, I don’t know if I’m pondering what she’s pondering.) With the context of “speak French,” I’m personally pondering something relating to tongues, but again, that may be my own proclivities!

    At any rate, I’d like to see more of these advertisements … strictly for comparison, of course.

  6. Maybe it’s my own proclivities showing, but I’ll have to agree with the above poster: she doesn’t look so much passive to me as she does pondering. (No, I don’t know if I’m pondering what she’s pondering.) With the context of “speak French,” I’m personally pondering something relating to tongues, but again, that may be my own proclivities!

    At any rate, I’d like to see more of these advertisements … strictly for comparison, of course.

  7. I feel like her leg positioning is also very “NO ACCESS,” and it seems to me that she looks more pensive than passive, too. It seems to be going more for the renewed interest in burlesque to me, actually.

  8. I feel like her leg positioning is also very “NO ACCESS,” and it seems to me that she looks more pensive than passive, too. It seems to be going more for the renewed interest in burlesque to me, actually.

  9. I agree she doesn’t seem passive and it looks to be a cunnilingus joke. Failing that, it’s telling me that if I drink enough French alcohol I, too, can lounge about elegantly and pantslessly whilst feeling quietly overcome by ennui.

  10. I agree she doesn’t seem passive and it looks to be a cunnilingus joke. Failing that, it’s telling me that if I drink enough French alcohol I, too, can lounge about elegantly and pantslessly whilst feeling quietly overcome by ennui.

  11. My first impression projected onto her what I’d be up to in that sitch; telling someone to learn to stroke the back of my thigh just right(yum yum) and so forth very well is hot and sweet and happy.

    If I change my perception of her to passive, or take the demand to “learn” out of her voice into that of a narrator and/or “society”, it loses the sexy and the clarity and goes bleh.

    I dunno which one they intended, probably the latter.

  12. My first impression projected onto her what I’d be up to in that sitch; telling someone to learn to stroke the back of my thigh just right(yum yum) and so forth very well is hot and sweet and happy.

    If I change my perception of her to passive, or take the demand to “learn” out of her voice into that of a narrator and/or “society”, it loses the sexy and the clarity and goes bleh.

    I dunno which one they intended, probably the latter.

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