Belgrade company HAVAS taunts Serbian trans community with transphobic advert


Havas Adriatic, a Serbian advertising company is running a blatantly transphobic campaign on Facebook purposely mocking transgender people. The image with a man in a dress has ”Da vas ovo ne dočeka” which means “So you wouldn’t come to see this” followed by “Tražimo office managera, CV sa fotografijom poslati na office@” which means ”We’re looking for an office manager. Send a cv with a photo to office@..”

VICTORY! Havas Adriatic has pulled their advertisement campaign from facebook. Of course, they are claiming that they were planning on doing that and unsurprisingly there might be a grain of truth to that.

Havas Adriatic

Havas Adriatic left a way out for themselves ealry on when they started to realize that they had screwed with a lioness, Ms.Sonja Sajzor. Many thanks to Sonja for all of her hard work and hope. We hope that the memory of this will be empowering to all Serbian transgender people. #TransLIvesMatter 

Read how this campaign unfolded…

Belgrade trans woman Sonja Sajzor contacted Planet Trans, about this writing “I was notified by some trans people that this company is using and advert featuring a man in transface with a headline ”We wouldn’t want this (it) to happen”.

Upon seeing it I was shocked and asked them in a comment to remove it. The ignored my comment, but a lot of other people commented back saying transphobic things, that we are not allowed to be offended, that it is indeed funny, and joking, saying that ”it” (referring to the person in the picture) looks better than them (the girls who posted comments) or their girlfriends (the male commenters).

I sent them a private message, asking for the same. The company keeps apologizing saying that they didn’t mean to offend anyone, but they do refuse to take it down because they think the ad is indeed very funny.

Dear Sonja,
We’re sorry that some people might be offended this way, it was absolutely not our intention.
This ad will stop existing soon, anyways, because we don’t want to offend anybody, and it seems to be happening.

So Sonja sent them a second message

I understand the ad was not created with that intention. This mistake could have been easily made by any person on the internet who doesn’t know public relations. But, ironically, you are a marketing company and you should have known better than this. But the thing that makes people angry is not only that you refuse to take it down, once you’ve been pointed at the problem, and not only do you not delete transphobic comments calling for ridiculing, you have been ”liking” them. Please, remove the photo right now.
No reply.

Reading the comments it becomes immediately clear that HAVAS is enjoying the reaction of the community as they continue to bait bigots, who of course reply in the crudest fashion. Not long ago our community was a ready victim for commercial entities such as this, impervious to any reaction we could muster.

But those days are long gone. Now when potential clients google HAVAS they will see this and wonder if HAVAS has their customers best interests at heart

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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