The portrayal of gender tropes in advertisements has been a bastion of laziness for bad marketers decades running. At its best there have been a few exceptional commercials that have managed to reinvent the conversation, at worst, most of these (often big-spend) commercials are muddled with lowest common denominator assumptions and D-rate jokes.
Rob Ford isn't a mistake. We like to think Canada is a tolerant nation, but the mayor's pride and prejudice is an accurate reflection of much of the city he leads. We like to imagine we're nothing like our neighbours to the south, but Toronto has its red states and its blue states; it has its Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain wrapped up in one neat 330-pound package.