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  1. Becks07 says

    WTF?!?!? They say cops have the best dope, but Madison Avenue most ASSUREDLY has the best crack…

  2. Giovanni says

    A hot dude is a hot dude – Levis um… not so much but thanks for thinking of us. I suppose that the day for the “gay” ad to be the only ad for all markets is still far off but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

  3. Gregg says

    I just wonder – if he gets lucky on the date, which seems very likely, when he drops his pants, does the entire street/date drop away again? ‘Cause that would just suck 😉

  4. Padraic says

    worth noting: the levis guys walks a lot closer to his partner in the “gay” ad than in the “straight” one.

  5. halifax222 says

    I still don’t understand these ads. So, you pull on a pair of levis and your apartment is destroyed? so you can come home to a pile of rubble after your date?

  6. Gregg says

    Maybe they had to have the 2 male actors walk more closely to fully convey that, no, they’re not “just good friends.”

  7. PistolPetey says

    So gay folk don’t watch major networks? Glad they thought of us tho'; good on you, Levi.

    Gregg: LOL

  8. says

    So this guy lives directly over the street? He’s lucky that parking meter didn’t give him the ride of his life…

  9. PistolPetey says

    I’ve seen both ads on TV….I’ve always wanted to know: wouldn’t the guy want to put shoes on before he walked off? :)

  10. bxstrb says

    I’d be pissed if my fab loft got destroyed from putting on a pair of jeans. After they walk away do the other people on the street loot the remains of his loft? It would be a good way to get a Barcelona chair for free.

  11. gwyneth cornrow says

    Levi’s marketing VP said that “…doing the same commercial with different endings seemed to us to be a message about absolute equality.'”
    The only equality going on here is the equality to consume, which homos have always had.

  12. ATLSteve says

    I had seen the gay version several times and told my hubby about it. Then we were watching TV one night and it came on – but it was the straight version. I figured at that point they had 2 versions.

    I think I’ve seen the gay one on Bravo before too. It’s a mostly gay network, isn’t it? 😉

    p.s. What’s with the Disorono (sp?) ads Bravo always runs during gay-themed programming? I don’t know a single gay person that drinks amaretto on any regular basis.

  13. gabriel says

    Yah, never understood this ad either..

    and ATLSteve – I noticed that too!! and it is such a boring commerical

  14. Gino says

    I think we can all agree that the concept makes absolutely no sense. It’s really an excuse to show some cool production stuff.

    Nice that they thought of us gays, though.

  15. matt says

    hot or no, who would want a date with someone without a mobile? phoneboxes are, what, like 20 years ago?

  16. Chris says

    Some funny and perceptive comments on this thread!

    To ATLSTEVE: Uhm, I’m gay and I drink Amaretto quite frequently. Maybe not at a bar, or in a mixed drink (but I went through my “amaretto sour” phase many long years ago when coming out–I have a notorious sweet tooth) but it makes for a great digestif, especially neat in a brandy snifter, in lieu of a heavy, rich, fat and calorie laden dessert. Don’t knock it! LOL

  17. says

    Is it just me, or does Orbitz have a set of live-action commercials as well? I know I’ve seen the one where the lesbians win the “Take On Orbitz” quasi-game show in the airport as well as its straight version.

  18. says

    I think there is something deeper and more positive going on here.

    The simple fact that Levi’s decided to make a gay commercial.

    I mean come guys. Wake up. Even if one person outside our frame sees the ad it enforces something almost unquantifiable.

    Acceptance even on a subliminal level is acceptance BUILDING for culture and the times at large.

    Don’t be fooled by your merge into the mainstream of popular culture. They hav e not accepted you . . . you have conformed to them. There is still a fight to be fought in the terms of acceptance.

    We see it on this blog everyday. Last year my friend and I were victims of a hate crime in a gay owned bar in Chelsea. IN MANHATTAN.

    I’m cheering in my Levis.

  19. ATLSteve says

    OK, so 2 confirmed amaretto drinkers! 😉

    I didn’t mean no gay folk *ever* drink it, but the only times I ever see the ad are during gay programming. Amaretto does not = good vodkas so I kept wondering if they knew some secret I didn’t.

  20. DanE says

    In the world of over-analyzing things, the two ads aren’t “exactly” the same. In the straight version, the close-up of the women in the phone booth does not end with her leaving the booth; then, the final shot starts pretty tight on the women’s ass in the phone booth and follows her out of the booth until the reaches jeans dude. In the gay version, the close up of the man in the phone booth has him exiting the booth, so that the final shot does not begin tight on his ass in the phone booth, but rather with him catching up to and walking with jeans dude. Assuming the running time of the ads needed to be the same time, was the difference because they wanted to show more of the two guys walking closely together so we’d know they’re gay, OR because they didn’t want to open the final shot tight on the guy’s ass in the phone booth?

    And count me as a third amaretto sour drinking. Pure delight.

  21. Marc says

    I can’t imagine it cost that much more money to do it twice with different actors, no?

  22. Bruce says

    I Like a jeans add that makes me feel good about wearing a $40+- pair of jeans instead of these dumb ass $200+ pants. They are denim for goodness sake. that used to mean cheap.

    =-

  23. jamal49 says

    No matter who you are or what you are, put on a pair of 501s and you are HOT! They are still the most sexy of all jeans. The other jeans never could and never will measure up (or down, as the case may be).

  24. TIM says

    Actually I heard that Levi’s plans to run this gay ad elsewhere on cable too…not just on Logo, but to a straight audience as well. This is truly brave…and way cool. Maybe the beginning of more to come. Buyin’ my 501s to show support.

  25. Jimbo says

    Equality would be when the screen the gay one on mainstream TV. Unfortunately the ad itself is naff. Cool has its own integrity. This is just a lame idea striving to seem hip.

  26. Chris says

    To ATLSTEVE: OK, point taken in re amaretto (glad you like it too), but still, why would you compare it to vodka and find that it doesn’t measure up? Amaretto is not even competing with vodka, really–that’s like comparing (to borrow a trite simile) apples and oranges. Vodka is a colorless, flavorless, mostly odorless spirit with a high alcohol content that mixes with most anything–thus its versatility. Amaretto is a liquer and is the exact opposite of all those qualities. It’s meant as a digestif or dessert drink either neat or on the rocks, as an addition to coffee, or as an ingredient in a handful of cocktails. They don’t really occupy the same niche, so comparing them isn’t really fair. It’s like comparing brandy and gin–uhm, why would you? They’re too different and they’re not meant to compete with each other, really.

    OK, I’ll climb down off my booze soapbox now! LOL 😉

  27. Chris says

    DANO: Nah, amaretto does not a love connection make! He’s a vodka man; I’m a rum addict with gin running a close second. Clearly we’d have issues from the get-go 😉

  28. ATLSteve says

    – OK, I’m not making my point clearly.

    1. I like amaretto! I’ve drunk amaretto sours in the past and had some in coffee as an after-dinner relaxer.
    2. The *only* time I’ve ever seen this Disorono ad is during gay-themed programming.
    3. This would imply that they have some market research that the gay community is some major consumer of amaretto (which market data for more “major” liquors like vodka are probably more valid).
    4. Not that I go out much anymore, but I don’t ever recall seeing amaretto flying off the shelves in gay bars nor do I know any gay folk who are always drinking amaretto.
    5. Therefore, I was simply expressing curiosity at why Disorono would seem to target all TV ads at the gay community.

    That’s all … I need a drink. :-)

  29. nic says

    chris,
    according to the FBMI (federal bureau of miscellaneous information), researchers have determined that apples and oranges have many more similarities than previously conjectured from prior comparisons.

    shamelessly stolen from david letterman’s “fun facts” segment.

  30. jallison says

    Drink diSarrono on a regular basis. Gentle on the brain, great after dinner and wont flatten the mood or anything else, not that that seems an issue for most of us.

  31. Larry says

    Both dudes are cute. And among gay/bi men, a thousand messages are all in one smile! Lovely, brauvo Levi

  32. David in Chelsea, MA says

    True equality would be playing the gay-themed ad on ANY channel, not just on LOGO, or Bravo.