Construction Workers Yell Messages of Empowerment to Women in Snickers Stunt

So when you're hungry, you're not a creep?

Australian construction workers simply aren't themselves in this amusing stunt from Clemenger BBDO in Melbourne. In fact, they're actors who shout empowering statements to women on the street in a real-world extension of Snickers' "You're not you when you're hungry" campaign.

Instead of sexist catcalls, the hardhats yell, "I'd like to show you the respect you deserve!" and, "A woman's place is where she chooses!" Best of all: "You know what I'd like to see? A society in which the objectification of women makes way for gender-neutral interaction free from assumptions and expectations."

According to Snickers exec Brad Cole, "There were a few nervous moments while we were filming the reactions, but the public took the experiment in the spirit in which it was intended—to charm and amuse them."

There is, of course, a negative way to interpret this execution. By saying blue-collar guys "aren't themselves" when they're being polite, it pretty clearly implies they're otherwise a bunch of misogynistic boors. This seems to be more of an insult to guys than women, but it's still rubbing some the wrong way, like this YouTube commenter: 

"So wait, men are only respectful and decent human beings when they're 'not being themselves'? Men should eat a snickers to 'be themselves again' so that they can be sexist, ignorant douchebags that harass women? Great, Snickers. This kind of sexist perpetuation of masculinity is just what our world needs. "

@DaveGian David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.
Publish date: March 26, 2014 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT