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October 25, 2005


Katherine Stone

Thanks to AdPulp for sharing this funny wanted ad related to the Neil French issue:

Bruce DeBoer

Honestly... my feeling is that Mr. French is not worth the attention. If her were to say "I'll never hire another man because they're not empathic enough", we'd all write him off as an idiot. Why aren't we doing that now?

His comments are ignorant and we should take them as nonsense.


I haven't been able to find a transcript of the original speech, and this is the type of quote that gets twisted very often. But, there is no doubt in my mind that Neil will be happier running his own shop his own way...if he doesn't feel that women produce quality creative work then he's not a good match for a large organization with equal opportunity policies and govered by U.S. labor laws. If he's dumb enough to share his perspective in a public forum, then he's too big a financial and reputation risk for any large organization to carry. As an aside, Neil's headshot is quite the macho pose; perhaps part of the Neil Brand is bravado and counter-culture thinking (though he's gone too far this time if the reports of his speech are accurate).


What an idiot...seems there are a lot of "these people" out there lately. I see a great opportunity for a new business: telling executives (and actors for that matter, thanks Tom Cruise!) what to say and what NOT to say when they are in public...someone could make a lot of money! Second client after French: Donny Deutch.

Mike Bawden

Thanks for the insightful post, Katherine. I've added it to today's (11/01) "Much Ado About Marketing" post so more people can read your well thought-out commentary.

Please keep up the good commentary.


Mike Bawden
Brand Central Station

Yvonne DiVita

This is getting Mr. French far too much notice. Better we should be wondering why, in this day and age, he felt justified making the remark. Now, let's move on. Women have better things to do than create buzz for idiots who denegrate them in the news.

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