Advertisements have been shaping our attitudes since the early 1900s and controversial ads play a big role in that.
Controversial ads, particularly targeting women, have time and again appeared on our screens and have always managed to get away.
Recently, a French poster-ad showing a woman tied to a railway track, about to get killed, has been termed 'legal' by a French court.
Advertisement caption says 'With TGV, she would have suffered less'
The advertisement was put up to promote high-speed TGV trains in Béziers town last December.
The caption read, "With the TGV, she would have suffered less."
Critics slammed the advertisement saying it promoted violence against women.
A French court, however, said the posters showed 'a doubtful and provocative humor' but didn't 'promote violence against women' and refused the order of removal of the posters.
Last year, French man killed wife tying her to train-tracks
Many noted that the ad was especially insensitive as it came months after a man had killed his 34-year-old wife, Emilie Hallouin, by tying her to a TGV track in Northern France. He then jumped in front of the train and both died.
Netizens are not happy, are viciously attacking verdict through tweets
In France, people have taken to social media to express their disgust over the offensive poster, calling the ad an example of 'feminicide'.
Netizens are furious and have been attacking the verdict through a series of tweets and memes.
Many have also been condemning TGV trains, as one wrote, "But surely I'll think twice before taking any TGV train because of their sick mentality."
Really, nobody gets your weird humor
I honestly don't get it. Not only is the ad repugnant, but it seems to imply she would have suffered less if it was the TGV... but it WAS the TGV?
What the hell france? What am I missing? No one gets your weird humor.