November 15, 2010
Brooklyn Law OMG!
I had misgivings about writing up this bit of news because, seeing the pictures, I felt the same embarrassment that officials at Brooklyn Law were feeling over the Diesel photo-shoot at the law library. I let the misgivings slide away because the story made news around the world and as far as Australia, so here it is. The details are that the Diesel rented the law library last spring for an advertising photo-shoot for what the school expected to feature a jeans line of clothing. Instead, they got models featuring underwear, if that. And not just underwear, but underwear with truly cringe worthy slogans on them. Porn actors have too much respect for themselves to wear this kind of stuff.
The Dean of the law school is quoted in an email as stating “We are as shocked and mortified as you must be by these photographs. When the school gave its permission to do the shoot, the school was assured that the photos would be in good taste. They are not.” Taste is relative these days, but I agree with the Dean. The school, though, should have known what the pictures would contain as several articles indicate that a school official was in attendance when they were shot. Still (rolling eyes).
Comments to various articles on the story ask, essentially, "what's the big deal?" I think the students who use the library regularly were right to express a collective "eeeewe," which seems to be the prevailing sentiment among them. Pictures are available at various sites with stories. A full set appears at The Vine, from Australia. Before anyone asks, yeah, I do have a sense of humor, and it can include non-traditional presentations of a law library. This is a bit much. Brooklyn Law should be able to live this one down though it shouldn't have had to come to that. In one other note, the presentation of the shelved West reporters suggests that the books get used a lot, at least in the traditional sense. [MG]
Posted by: rmklancer | Nov 30, 2010 8:34:56 AM
If Diesel wants to do a follow-up ad campaign, well, we don't have any West reporters anymore but we do have ranges of empty shelving units available ... OMG, I must be getting very, very old because the first thing I noticed Vicki was that the library still had reporters!
Posted by: Joe Hodnicki | Nov 15, 2010 1:10:50 PM
And, with respect to the reporters, we are one of the few schools left who have a full set; however, this is not exactly how I expetected them to be used.
Posted by: Vicki | Nov 15, 2010 11:26:05 AM