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Sooooo… Is this Clearasil Commercial Homophobic or Nah?

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A new Clearisil commercial has raised a few hackles for featuring what appears to be a flamboyant gay teen as a pimple that must be eliminated before the prom.

In the ad, “Pimples Makes Terrible Prom Dates,” two high school girls are in a bathroom discussing the upcoming prom.

“If this turns into a pimple,” one of them says, motioning to her forehead, “I will literally die.”

The camera zooms in on her pore, where the pimple turns out to be a mincing young queen in a hot pink suit who says:

“Who wouldn’t want to go to prom with this?”

POW! The effeminate dancing zit is then destroyed by Clearasil’s Daily Clean Wash. The girl goes on to dance the night away with her handsome date at the prom.

Commenters were quick to point out the implied homophobia.

Why are you using an anti-gay stereotype to sell your product? This looks like something that was written in the 1960s. Shameful. I think many young people are offended by this kind of thing these days.

An offensive stereotype of a gay man as a pimple? All decked out in pink and whining like a big queen? Really? Why not cast a black man as a blackhead? Are you getting the point?

This is so offensive. Such a terrible anti-gay message using a typical stereotype, I wonder if people would object if they cast an African American man dressed in a black suit to play the role of a blackhead?

Watch below.


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