I bring you good tidings of great joy

No, not THOSE good tidings of etc. In welcome contradiction of my recent claim concerning the routine failure of the Get Woke Go Broke boycotts to result in anybody actually, y’know, Going Broke:

In early 2019 Gillette released its infamous “toxic masculinity” commercial which effectively accused its loyal customer base of being bullies and sexual predators. That ad sparked an angry backlash of men who are fed up with SJW attacks on them, and who vowed to stop buying Gillette products. (I’m one of them.) Six months later Procter & Gamble had to take an $8 billion impairment charge due to Gillette’s declining sales and the declining book value of the Gillette brand, which caused P&G to have an overall $5 billion loss that quarter.

We don’t know how many millions of men quit buying Gillette products after it went hyper-woke, because P&G isn’t telling us. But the Securities and Exchange Commission does require P&G to document problem areas and potentially impaired assets.

Procter & Gamble’s 10-K published in August for the fiscal year ending 6/30/2020 is a long slog of a report, but in summary, things are going well for all P&G units except “Shave Care”.

Hilariously, P&G attempts to lay the blame for Gillette’s sudden collapse on…wait for it…waaaait for it…THEVIRUSTHEVIRUSTHEVIRUS!!!™ Because, y’know, reasons. Buck cheerfully takes a lance to that lame-ass boil.

It’s weird, but as I perused this 10-K report, I found that there is only one P&G unit that may have an upcoming impairment charge, and that one unit is its “Shave Care” unit. Covid apparently isn’t having an impact on Old Spice sales (Old Spice is part of P&G’s “Beauty Care” division), but those same men still buying Old Spice aftershave have stopped buying Gillette razors. Yeah right. Or maybe it’s because P&G hasn’t yet run any commercials where it slanders its Old Spice users as bullies and sexual predators.

P&G tries out several other rationales while scrupulously avoiding any mention of the ill-considered foray into the Kingdom of Woke as a possible cause for Gillette auguring in. Lest we forget, the Male Hate ads were by no means Woke Gillette’s only misfire:

That scarifying offense against pretty much everything imaginable inspired a pictorial response from me, which I’m happy to repost now in celebration of the Big Faceplant.

 

 


Tragically, the post with the above images was vaporized in last year’s blog-buster hack, along with the images themselves and pretty much everything else. But I did have copies here on the local machine, thank goodness.

 

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Ironbear

Heh. I know that as soon as that toxic mess of an ad came out and started to become notorious, I threw out all of my disposable razors, regardless of brand, and bought a Wilkinson Sword safety razor along with a shaving mug and soap and a bulk pack of double edged blades. I’m probably not the only guy who did something like that.

Funny thing: I found the safety razor shaves closer than the multi-blade disposables.

As an aside… “shaving care”. Could they possibly have found a more wussy and metrosexual label for “men’s shaving products”?

Barry

Yep, I ditched the Gillette crap and have never purchased again. I bought some BIC stuff and it works just fine.

Ironbear

My Wilkinson Sword cost me about forty bucks, but the blades are cheap, and since I’m like you only not quite as beardy, I only shave my sideburns, cheeks/jawline, and under my chin and neck. So a blade last practically forever. The 100 pack I have should last me the rest of my life.

Besides. I missed having a safety razor since the one I inherited from my dad got lost when I went homeless for awhile. It’s good to have another, even if it doesn’t have the sentimental value.

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