The worst thing to happen to Twitter is brands seeing the social-media platform as an opportunity to engage with potential customers. Look no further than the beef of the summer between Drake and Meek Mill, when brands like Whataburger and Rosetta Stone capitalized on the celebrity feud to push products.
Brands are at it again. This time it’s the seemingly innocuous Unilever property, Vaseline, trying to slip into unsuspecting DMs. On Monday more than 20 consecutive @VaselineBrand tweets creepily offered free “packages” to everyone and anyone tweeting about dry skin.
Bare witness below:
As seen below, in most cases, no user mentioned @VaselineBrand, they just simply mentioned having “cracked” or “dry” skin.
Perhaps this was just a poorly coded bot? Or, we think, just a total skeez running the handle. Here @_Hermit_Thrush discusses his inability to masturbate because his genitals are too dry:
Free speech is protected under the U.S. Constitution, but there is otherwise no reason to share or acknowledge this statement. Yet, Vaseline chooses to send this man some lube… to grease up his genitals! This is not the wholesome brand messaging that Vaseline has worked so hard to build. Nay, it’s one brand being overcome by horniness and reacting impulsively to temptation.
On the one hand, we can rejoice that Vaseline is sharing its useful product with the masses for free. We for one would love to get free lotion—our skin is rather chaffed right now. Then again integrity is a lot to sacrifice for the cheap thrills of retweets and self-promotion.
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