In this modern age, we are constantly inundated with overtly sexualized social media posts, commercials, and advertisements. Like you, I believe there is a firm line to be drawn between what is acceptable and what is not. Unfortunately, Facebook also attempted to draw their own line and, as per the usual, got it embarrassingly wrong.
The Gaze Seed Company's most sexually provocative onions were pulled down from Facebook after they determined that the images went against its advertising guidelines. The reason stated was that the ad showed "products with overtly sexualized positioning."
Jackson McLean, a manager at Gaze Seed Company told CBC news:
"I guess something about the two round shapes there could be misconstrued as [flowerbed] or something, nude in some way… you'd have to have a pretty active imagination to look at that and get something sexual out of it."
The error has made for more publicity than they could have ever asked for. The company has created mock-ups of what Facebook thought it was seeing. McLean is hoping Facebook will get some human eyes on the ad and appeal the decision soon. "It's just onions," he said.
I hope we can all agree that there is nothing sexy about these onions, however, I consider the Bloomin' onion to be 110% sexy.