Tackling Calvin Klein
July 6th, 2009Posted by: Theo Nicolakis
On Thursday, July 9, the Religious Alliance Againt Pornography will be having an emergency comference call to discuss the controversial Calvin Klein advertisement in NYC. This advertisement (warning explicit) was so provocative that it caused a stir, controversy, and had to be taken down.
True to form, RAAP was ready with a strong letter to Calvin Klein that we all were ready to sign. However the ad raises a series of questions for us:
1) how do we respond to such advertisements? While Calvin Klein pushes the envelope regularly they are not the only ones and this is not the only time.
2) how are our objections viewed by companies? How strong is OUR “brand” and OUR “voice”?
3) when we choose to take and make a stand can we follow it up?
4) is the best approach to be like the wind in Aesop’s fable or like the sun?
5). How can we positively shape pop culture and influence it instead of separating ourselves totally from it?
I’ve been so proud to serve as Archbishop Demetrios’ appointment to the RAAP executive committee and represent our Church and carry on the legacy of His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos of blessed memory who was a founding member of RAAP. There is no question that we face some very tough and very “in your face issues”. The very topics make people uncomfortable.
Yet, as I have done educational seminars across the country and in educational institutions the message is clear: parents, clergy, kids, and people are glad that our Church is engaging these issues and taking a stand.