Poland’s major drugstore chain, Rossmann, has withdrawn a cosmetics line focused at young people adhering to controversy more than its sexually specific slogans and the brand’s steps on social media towards a female who criticised its internet marketing.
“Make me wet”, “I like it
tough clean”, “Show me your dirties” and “Sleep with me” are some of the suggestive phrases utilised (in English) on the packaging of items from Bio.Teenager, which experienced been selling its skincare products in Poland completely in the retailers of Rossmann, a German-owned retailer.
The abbreviations “MILF” and “DILF” – which normally stand for “Mother I’d like to F**k” and “Dad I’d Like to F**k” respectively – also seem on their products and solutions.
This sort of language has angered numerous men and women, who say that it is specifically inappropriate for merchandise qualified in the direction of youngsters and that, in accordance to Bio.Teenager, are inspired “solely by the thought of teenager life”. The firm’s web page says it is based in Italy, though it appears to only provide its merchandise in Poland.
A person of the critics – Karolina Liczbińska, a podcaster and journalist – started sharing pictures of the controversial goods on her Instagram account.
““Make me wet” and “MILF” on the label of a pores and skin tonic I would take into account at most cringe or determined promoting, but why is it aimed at little ones?” she wrote in 1 post, tagging Bio.Teen’s formal account.
In reaction, Bio.Teen started leaving suggestive feedback beneath some of Liczbińska’s posts, which includes “What melons” adopted by a winking emoji below a picture of her wearing a bikini.
The firm’s social media account also messaged Liczbińska privately in Polish thanking her for her criticism but incorporating (in Polish) that “we are not hiding something, just like you in some of your photos”. That sparked further outrage when Liczbińska shared a screenshot of the concept.
Bio.Teen’s CEO, questioned by Polish information support Interia to remark on the controversy, argued that ”the matter of intercourse should not be stigmatised” and ”people have the suitable to sex education”. The CEO – who was not named – also claimed that their products and solutions are not marketed towards youngsters.
“Our merchandise are specialised and meant for younger men and women aged 16-24 who have pores and skin difficulties and make their own conclusions. I really don’t know exactly where the belief that these are products and solutions for kids came from? These solutions are not in toy outlets or in the children’s portion,” mentioned the CEO.
Nevertheless, pursuing the weighty backlash versus the brand name on social media, Rossmann declared that it would be withdrawing Bio.Teen’s merchandise from equally its online and stationary stores. Its website currently no for a longer time attributes the items.
The firm claimed that, despite the fact that it would not comment “on the behaviour of Bio.Teen on social media”, it “would by no means dare to offend our clients” and apologised to Karolina for her encounter with Bio.Teenager
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Commenting on the retailer’s selection, Liczbińska explained to Notes from Poland she was “glad that Rossmann took swift motion and taken off the solutions from the cabinets, but I would like they have been more crystal clear about whether or not their offer with Bio.teenager is off or if the products and solutions will appear back below distinct names and designs”.
She believes that the model acted “completely unprofessionally” and “should not get absent with just a slap on the wrist”.
“Still, I’m just satisfied that young women will not be exposed to these slogans,” included Liczbińska. “I’m far from currently being sex-damaging, but there really should be zero tolerance for sexualising teenagers and pre-teens via skincare. I’m fairly positive that [hashtags used by Bio.Teen like] #teenager #explicit #teenlife are not directed at 20-somethings.”
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Major graphic credit history: Bio Teenager/Instagram
Anna Hackett is an assistant editor at Notes from Poland. She is a the latest graduate of European Scientific studies from Trinity Higher education Dublin and has experienced preceding journalistic experience with the Irish Independent News & Media team.