Gillette Loses Billions Following Widely Mocked “Toxic Masculinity” Ad Campaign

Perhaps Gillette should have listened to their own YouTube page comments feedback when they launched their widely mocked “the best men can be” ad.

The video garnered over 31 millions views, which on the surface is good.

However, the ratio of thumbs DOWN to thumbs up on the video was nearly 2 to 1.

Now, 6 months later, and Gillette has billions.

Per Breitbart, Gillette helped to drag P&G into the red for the fiscal fourth quarter, with a net loss of $5.24 billion for the consumer goods giant, compared to net income of $1.89 billion a year ago.

Gillette generated heated social media pushback earlier this year after it debuted a series of commercials that criticized masculinity and featured a transgender adolescent learning to shave.

While it has traditionally marketed its razors to men — “the best a man can get” — Gillette has been trying to reach new demographics in a bid to revive a flagging business that has seen a decline in demand for razors and blades.

One such effort was a Gillette commercial spotlighting masculinity and the #MeToo movement. The spot depicted scenes of bullying, sexual harassment, and mansplaining. “Is this the best a man can get?” the commercial asked. Industry experts interpreted the commercial, which debuted in January, as a bid by Gillette to attract more female consumers.

Gillette debuted another commercial in May showing a transgender male adolescent learning how to shave.

Consumer reaction to the commercials was wildly polarized, with the hashtag #boycottGillette trending on Twitter.

Media figures including Piers Morgan, Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Ricky Gervais criticized the spots for their earnest tones and moralizing posture.