Nope. They're paid for it, there is nothing illegal about it and I fail to see anything wrong with targeting perceived likes of a segment of the population to move product. In fact, I believe that's what advertising is. I see no difference between a woman in a bikini or a celebrity in an ad.
Ah, Hacker News, where all ethical questions boil down to "were they paid?" and "is it illegal?".
If you can't write a mathematical proof of it, it doesn't exist, and any discussion of it will inevitably lead to a bunch of people arguing semantics.
This site is one of my favorites, but when an article about sexism in the industry hits the front page, I do what I can to avoid the comments. The majority of the time, it will be things like
* "I still have a problem with this notion that simply because women may be fun to look at, that they are objects."
* "I don't think you'll ever be able to take the objectification of women out of society, and I don't know if it's necessary to try - we've seen women begin objectifying men in some capacity in the last seventy-five years or so, and I don't know if that's necessarily an unhealthy thing. Better to let that objectification be out in the open than keep it locked up in your head."
* "I really hope that everyone is as equally offended and quick to point out sexism for every advertisement, television show, and movie featuring a very fit, shirtless man doing a stereotypical "masculine" activity"
If the former, then you are wrong. If the latter, I'm not sure what you're trying to add to the conversation.
*'Higher' in this case interpreted as "more positive" or "more virtious".
As long as consumers choose to us services that monetize primarily on ads, (Facebook, Google, et. Al), I say game on. I may not personally agree on a style basis, but focusing on the morality of a business model seems like a way better time sync than trying to get everyone to capitulate to your opinions.
The reason for this is obvious: they have NO INTENTION to take the video down, and will do anything they can to stop criticism. Classical Trolling.
The appropriate response would have been:
"We are sorry for this, and did not realize the sexism portrayed, we will begin work asap to move away from such advertising."
That would have been the end of the conversation. And would have boosted their cred if anything.
Trolls don't try to stop criticism. Trolls like upsetting people.