(From an old Livejournal blog about my babies)
and I say to him: see Cai, look at this commercial I think it’s very nice and inspiring, considering you think you’re ugly and all that.
So he does and at the end he says nothing so I ask:”Did you like it?” And he says: “No, it’s fake”.
I was taken aback, as usual. I think he’s probably right, of course Dove are only trying to sell their products as much as Lancome or whatever. But in doing it they are sending out some very special and good messages, and it’s good, I think, that at least one beauty products company is doing it. As with many things, ok the motivation behind it may not be as noble as we would like, but at least it’s getting done.
At first it touched me though because even though I suspect Cai’s reasons for thinking he is ugly lie elsewhere, the ad still tells me that certain feelings of children are irrational and we cannot dismiss them as foolish. Because when I look at Cai and I see how lovely he is I think he is being foolish and sometimes I tell him to stop saying it, because there are children who are not as nice looking as he is and when he starts adolescence, even though we know that exterior beauty is not what really matters, I know that being cute will help them. It just makes life easier at that age.