After some social media push back, Huggies pulled it’s ‘Dad Test’ ad campaign.
One ad starts out: “To prove Huggies diapers can handle anything, we put them to the ultimate test: Dads, alone with their babies, at nap time, after a very full bottle.”
I’m not sure I know any dad of babies or small children who is not comfortable changing a diaper. I’ve been alone with Reid at nap time literally over a 100 times in the last 2-and-a-half years. It’s not a big deal.
Honestly, the ads really don’t upset me personally. But the public outcry, and Huggies’ response to pull the ads, does prove to me how quickly media and pop culture’s portrayal of dads has changed.
The dumb, uninvolved dad humor of “Everybody Loves Raymond” — and copy-cat shows like “Yes Dear” — do kind of get me upset. Unlike the fathers on those shows, I would much rather spend time with my family than play golf or hang out with my buddies.
There seems to be a couple gags in every episode where Ray whines to Debra about spending time with his family. Ray and Debra’s relationship is very much like a child and a mother who takes care of him, with a joke peppered in about how Ray wants sex.
‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ went off the air in 2005. Now in 2012, we are petitioning to get ads taken off a company’s Facebook page.
Diapers aren’t the only thing being changed by dads in pop culture.
What do you think of the Huggies ads and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ type sitcoms?
- Bobblehead Dad: Huggies Starts to Wipe Up their Dad Mess
- WashingtonPost.com: Huggies revamps ‘Dad Test’ campaign after complaints
- Change.org: We’re Dads, Huggies. Not Dummies
Okay, and here’s a dad changing a diaper Huggies ad that I do find pretty funny.