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Too Cool for School…

January 29th, 2015 at 7:02 am by under 2 KASA Style

A Utah teenager is fuming this morning… over a dress inspired by Audrey Hepburn and it’s alleged “inappropriateness”.  Here’s the dress in question:

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How dare she, right?  Am I right???

All sarcasm aside, here’s the scoop:

Gabi Finlayson, 15, attended the Preference Dance at Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah this past weekend.  The pink dress was inspired by Finlayson’s idol, Audrey Hepburn.  While attending the dance, a school official asked her to cover up with either a jacket or shawl, as the dress violated the school’s strict dress code.

Emphasis on “strict”.

Here’s the school’s code:

  • Backless dresses and/or tops may not extend beyond the bottom of the shoulder blades.
  • Girl’s dresses and tops must have a 2″ minimum strap on each shoulder.
  • Dresses need to be at least to the mid-thigh.

It’s the strap provision that seems to be the hiccup.  The school’s principal, Rhonda Bromley, stated that “the dress code has been reviewed and approved by both the PTSA and the school community council.  The dress code is based on the community standard.”

Remember, Highland is located just north of Orem, Utah -a rather conservative part of the country.  Therefore, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that this decision was in fact the right one.

What do you think?  Was the dress inappropriate (again, based on the “community standard”), or was the “cover-up” inappropriate?  Chime in on 2 KASA Style via Facebook and Twitter, or leave a comment below.  We’ll be talking about this all morning on the show.

 


Go Home, Go Daddy!

January 28th, 2015 at 6:57 am by under 2 KASA Style

GoDaddy.com, the web hosting and development company that has capitalized on eye-popping ads throughout the years, has done it again.  However this time, the ad might have gone too far in pushing the envelope of good taste.

Ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday, the company released their annual submission to the slew of high-concept commercials.  The spot features an adorable Golden Retriever puppy who undertakes an odyssey to find its way home after being lost on the road.  The pup braves the elements, crosses wide countryside and finally reunites with its owner -only to be immediately sold online and shipped off on a GoDaddy delivery truck, driven by the company’s spokesperson Danica Patrick.

 

Uhhh…. what???!!!

Backlash started almost immediately from animal advocacy groups (and anyone with a heart).  Steffen Baldwin, president and CEO of the Animal Cruelty Task Force of Ohio stated, “Every year, animals are euthanized across America, over 7 million each year because lifetime commitments are seen as disposable commodities, able to be bought, traded and sold like an X Box.”

Alan Braslow, a New Jerseyan deeply enmeshed in the animal welfare world also described the spot as “extremely offensive and socially irresponsible.”

In a statement titled, “We’re Listening, Message Received”, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving touched on the intention of the ad but acknowledged things didn’t go quite as planned.

At the end of the day, our purpose at GoDaddy is to help small businesses around the world build a successful online presence.  We hoped our ad would increase awareness of that cause.  However, we underestimated the emotional response.  And we heard that loud and clear.” 

So what do you think?  Is this ad offensive and insensitive, or is it all in good fun?  Chime in on the discussion.  Leave a comment below, or head over to Facebook and Twitter with your response.  We’ll be sharing them live on 2 KASA Style at 9am.

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