Bobby the walrus has some serious game.
In the latest Skittles ad, the large, flippered walrus is caught making out with an attractive blonde on a couch. But when Bobby’s supposed girlfriend comes home, the woman explains Bobby is not actually Bobby.
The commercial, which is meant to promote new Skittles flavors that don’t match their candy coating, concludes with the tagline “Taste the Rainbow. Deceive the Rainbow.”
And although the ad is a little vague, at least one group has failed to find anything funny about the new spot, calling the ad inappropriate.
One Million Moms, a conservative advocacy group, issued the following statement on its website:
We are not sure of Skittles’ thought process behind their new ad, but if they are attempting to offend customers, they have succeeded… Parents find this type of advertising inappropriate and unnecessary. Does Skittles’ have our children’s best interest in mind? Skittles candies are for all ages, but their target market is children.
The parents also allege the advertising is not just unfunny and offensive, but that it irresponsibly takes “lightly the act of bestiality.” The group is urges likeminded citizens to send Wrigley Co. an email demanding “they pull this offensive commercial immediately.”
But in an email to the Huffington Post, a spokesperson for Wrigley defended the commercial, saying:
Skittles has won millions of fans with its unique and unexpected advertising. As a fun-loving candy brand, we never intend to offend people with our irreverent humor and don’t believe this imaginary situation promotes harm or inappropriate behavior with animals.
Merriam-Webster defines bestiality, n., as “sexual relations between a human being and a lower animal.”
While there are no federal anti-bestiality statutes, 30 states currently have criminal laws on the books that prohibit sexual contact with animals, according to Yahoo! Some laws consider the act a felony, while others define it as misdemeanor.
This is not the first time One Million Moms has made headlines for its actions.
The group previously tried (and failed) to get J.C. Penney to drop spokesperson Ellen DeGeneres, condemned America’s Favorite Cookie and most recently slammed NBC’s new show “The New Normal” as part of a network plot to subject Americans to the “decay of morals and values.”
Skittles, on the other hand, is known for its eccentric advertisements, including the vaguely accented “Baby Man Bird” spot, the “Sheep Boy” ad, and, of course, the man with the crazy, trunk-like, Skittles-snatching beard.