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The 1995 Calvin Klein Ad Campaign That Was Just Too Creepy

The Calvin Klein Jeans advertising campaign that stirred up so much controversy, that even the Justice Department got involved.

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The campaign shot by world famous fashion photographer Steven Meisel, featured models in what appeared to be a wood-paneled basement.


At best the campaign looked like amateur porn, but most parent groups felt that the images along with the [creepy] commercials were borderline child porn.


The company faced additional backlash from child welfare authorities, leaders of the Catholic League, journalists and the American Family Association.

Source: The New York Times

Prompted by complaints the Justice Department was forced to open an investigation into whether or not the company had violated any child pornography laws. The investigation was dropped when the company provided proof that all the models were adults.

On August 28, Calvin Klein, Inc., took out a full-page ad in The New York Times. They stated that they were "taken aback" that the campaign had been "misunderstood by some," and that it was pulling the ads.

Collection of Calvin Klein Jeans commercials:

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