SIT ON MY FACE AND TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME! Reebok Russia stirs controversy with ‘face-sitting’ slogan in feminist ad campaign

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“Sit not on the needle of men’s approval – sit on men’s face.” (Monty Python should be proud) The provocative slogan could have come straight from a Femen protest but it was actually featured in an advert by sportswear company Reebok in Russia.

It was posted on the company’s Instagram account on Thursday and deleted a few hours later in the wake of the controversy.

Social media users expressed outrage at the slogan’s alleged bad taste, with some even deeming it “threatening”.

The images and video were quickly restored, except for the sexually-suggestive remark.

“Unfortunately, after the publication of some pictures, it became clear that part of the content could not be published on behalf of the brand due to the age policy of the social network,” Reebok Russia said on its Instagram page.

Nevertheless, Reebok’s marketing director, Alexander Golofast, who was behind the idea, resigned over the scandal on Friday.

Speaking to Euronews, Golofast said he was disappointed with the company’s backtrack on the campaign.

“The company showed disrespect for itself: it signed up to this, approved all the quotes, was even delighted with how bold and interesting and in line with the global strategy to do something bright and unusual,” he said.

Golofast justified the ad in saying: “In this slogan, there are two parts: approval and pleasure. The first part calls for being yourself, and the second part calls for people to give each other pleasure. This is the most positive quote that is the best to reflect the image of a modern woman, who not only spits on stereotypes but also a woman who goes into the world with a positive agenda.

Adding, the campaign was “a huge success…. I think nobody ever spoke that much of Reebok in Russia, in the world it hasn’t happened since the 90s”.

Reebok recently launched a global advertising campaign promoting female empowerment under the hashtag #BeMoreHuman. It features celebrities such as actress Gal Gadot or model Gigi Hadid encouraging other women to be strong and assertive.



  1. At some point the pendulum is going to swing WAY back and then these “feminist” marxists will get a real “handmaiden’s tale.”

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