When we showed you this year's Audi "Bravery" Super Bowl Ad there was no reference to the nerdy lead character assaulting the prom queen, because it's clear to me from viewing the ad a few times that the prom queen doesn't react in a way that makes me think the creator of the commercial wants us to view her as being attacked.
Surprised? Sure. But how do we know they don't secretly like one another and he hasn't, up until this point, been brave enough to act on it? That seems like a more likely scenario than, you know, Audi wants us to think buying their car makes you brave enough to go around forcing your sloppy teen kisses on anyone you like.
Twitter, of course, disagrees.
Various people on Twitter (both men and women) have reacted to it as if it was a type of assault and you can't argue that she consents because she clearly doesn't. Here's what they're saying:
News flash to all men: kissing someone without consent isn't brave, no matter what @audi says, it's sexual assault. Do. Not. Do. That. Ever.— Amadi (@amaditalks) February 3, 2013
Kids, there's a fine line between bravery and sexual assault. Unclear whether @audi knows where that line is.— Joe Wiesenfelder (@JoeAtCarsdotcom) February 3, 2013
Audi commercial was oddly sexual assault-y.— Patrick Burke (@BurkieYCP) February 3, 2013
Audi just seemed to encourage sexual assault, teen violence, and reckless driving all in one commercial. #hattrick— Stephen Toulouse (@Stepto) February 3, 2013
Not everyone agrees:
Calling the Audi prom kiss sexual assault is an affront to anyone who has ever actually been sexually assaulted #settledownnow— The Booth Babe (@DYCWTC) February 4, 2013
But I think these responses are probably more accurate:
Audi: when sexual assault goes well— Matt Jordan (@mattpicasso) February 3, 2013
Audi commercial says: If you are a rich kid and have an Audi in high school, you can kiss girls without being charged with sexual assault!— ¡Matt Barnthouse! (@MattBarnthouse) February 3, 2013
Audi killed it. Though that technically was sexual assault.— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) February 3, 2013
Seriously, you probably shouldn't pull this one the first time your dad throws you the key to his car. Even if it's a Lamborghini. What does everyone think? Assault? Sexual Assault? Innocent?