|ENO's controversial ad for Don Giovanni|
The London Evening Standard covered the controversy in their Friday edition with the headline, "ENO's Don Giovanni condom advert hits low note." In a nod to the growing influence of social media, the paper obtained most of their criticism from Twitter. They did provide one quote from a media professional, Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch-UK, who complained that the ad campaign added to the "hyper-sexualisation" of society.
Even the Los Angeles Times covered the controversy in their Culture Monster feature in the Arts & Culture section, as well as the Huffington Post.
A unidentified spokeswoman for ENO told the Evening Standard:
“Given the subject of the piece, the marketing campaign for Rufus Norris’s production reflects the opera itself.
“We wanted an eye-catching ad to promote the opera. We came up with this idea which we think is brilliant, funny and captures the idea of Don G in a witty way.”
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As much as we love ENO and their efforts to attract younger audiences, for us, it's still a bit of false advertisement.
Performances run from October 17-November 17 and cast and ticket information is available on the ENO website.