Funny: Dove Real Beauty Sketches Parody Video Shows Male Self-Perception

By Kelly West 2013-04-19 11:43:01
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Following up on the excellent and emotional Dove campaign, which has women describing themselves for a sketch artist and then seeing the noticeable contrast between their own description and the image created from another person's point of view, comes a parody video that performs the same experiment on men. As you can see in the video above, their pictures turn out to be very different too, but not in the way you might think.

The Dove Real Beauty video has gone viral, racking up more than 9 million views since going live earlier this week, clearly having an impact on people in its efforts to show how differently women perceive themselves and their appearances by comparison to an outside perspective. The video ends with the subjects looking from the sketch created based on their own self-description and the one created by another person's description of them. It's emotional and beautifully executed in its efforts to showcase self-perception and self-esteem issues among women. And it also left itself wide open for an amusing parody, which it got from New Feelings Comedy (via AdWeek).

Based on the parody, men have the opposite issue with self image than women. While one mane might describe himself as a "white Denzel Washington," a woman might describe him as a "Lawn gnome" or something "fresh out of Mordor." It's funny to me that they brought in women to critically describe these men and essentially point out whatever facial flaws they could come up with. Somehow I'm not sure the parody would've had the same humorous effect if it were men describing the facial features of other men.

For reference, if you haven't seen it, here's the Dove video:


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