The Olympics are supposed to be a sporting competition of the greatest athletes in the world.
So why, then, is NBC using the opening of its telecast each evening to remind us of human rights issues that have nothing to do with sports? Why can’t they just cover, um, sports?
It’s about as unrelated as Proctor & Gamble creating the perception that moms are solely responsible for creating Olympic athletes.
Once again, we here at dadmarketing believe that moms do indeed have a part in raising kids and encouraging them through the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. But what about dads?
P&G not only omits dads from the Olympic picture, but self proclaims themselves as the “Proud sponsor of Moms.”
In P&G’s world, dads flat-out don’t exist.
Don’t believe me?
Take a look at what a P&G VP said to USA Today: “Mom’s contributions to their kids’ lives are full of incredible sacrifices,” said Jodi Allen, Procter & Gamble vice president of North American marketing and brand operations. “We’re so moved by these moms and the way they help their children overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams. As athletes are named to Team USA, we celebrate the person that helped get each athlete there and who picked them up each time they fell — mom!”
Why can’t dads get equal love from P&G? What if dads orchestrated a boycott of their products? There’s a real boycott I’d love to see.