Judge Barbie debuts to break the "plastic ceiling," empower girls | Air Canada, Sandra Oh demonstrate power of politeness | Atlanta Braves downplay Tomahawk Chop after concerns
October 10, 2019
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Judge Barbie debuts to break the "plastic ceiling," empower girls
Mattel has announced its latest Barbie career doll, Judge Barbie, and it comes in different skin tones and hairstyles. "The Barbie Judge Doll encourages girls to learn more about making decisions to change the world for the better," Mattel writes, adding that the career dolls aim to close the "dream gap" that forms for some girls as young as age 5.
CNN (10/8),  USA Today (10/7) 
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Air Canada, Sandra Oh demonstrate power of politeness
Air Canada, Sandra Oh demonstrate power of politeness
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Actress Sandra Oh demonstrates how to "travel like a Canadian" in Air Canada's humorous new ad campaign, as she glides through an airport and onto a plane, smoothing rough edges with a bucket of poutine and profuse apologies. Oh, who was born in Ottawa, drops Canadian cultural references, switches smoothly from English to French and makes diverse travelers feel welcome.
Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (10/8) 
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Atlanta Braves downplay Tomahawk Chop after concerns
Atlanta Braves downplay Tomahawk Chop after concerns
Helsley (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Braves halted in-stadium distribution of foam tomahawks and skipped Chop-related music and graphics during a game this week with the St. Louis Cardinals after Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley voiced concerns about the practice. Helsley, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation, said the fan chant is disrespectful.
ESPN (10/9),  USA Today (10/9),  St. Louis Post-Dispatch (10/5) 
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AAF Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism Poll
Do months that celebrate a particular culture have a positive effect?
Below are the results from last week's poll. Surprised? Let us know.
No, as they only have a short-term effect  31.25%
Yes, they help generate awareness  25.00%
Yes, until we reach a point where society can be more inclusive  25.00%
Not sure  18.75%
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Study finds consumers want brands and culture to mix
Is your brand in tune with popular culture? A new study from MAGNA and Twitter shows consumers prefer companies that take stands on social issues, while a brand's cultural relevance is responsible for 25% of a consumer's purchase decision. Click here to learn what plugging into the cultural conversation can mean for marketers.
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Twitter launch puts BMW in the driver’s seat
When it wanted to rev up mass awareness for its new X2 sport activity coupe, BMW naturally turned to Twitter's engaged and highly receptive audience. Millions of video views later, the X2 had found a home in the hearts and minds of car buyers around the globe. Click here to see how BMW steered auto lovers toward its new product launch.
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Young Hispanics embrace Latinx label, culture
Nearly 70% of Hispanics in a recent poll say they have a high affinity for their original culture and younger members of the community are favoring Latinx as their preferred identifier. "With its combination of Spanish, English and inclusivity, Latinx is reflective of the blending and acceptance that Americans value," writes Angela Rodriguez.
Adweek (tiered subscription model) (10/3) 
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Why inclusivity involves truly addressing disability
Why inclusivity involves truly addressing disability
Wunderman Thompson's Christina Mallon writes about her frustration that brands are still ignoring the needs of people with disabilities. "I've seen brands that feature people with disabilities in their ads, even though their products are not accessible for people with disabilities," she writes, adding, "Every touch point along the customer journey should be inclusive."
Campaign US (tiered subscription model) (10/8) 
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Insights from sparks & honey
Disability advocates mark a win in digital platform accessibility case
Earlier this week the Supreme Court refused to review a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, effectively establishing that a company's website and mobile app are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 1990 ADA required that restaurants, hotels, and retail establishments ensure accessibility for disabled customers. By declining to review the lower court's ruling regarding the inaccessibility of Domino's Pizza online ordering capabilities to blind customers, the Supreme Court has ensured that accessibility law continues to apply to both physical and digital premises.

Understanding that people of a variety of ability levels use the internet for any number of things every day, Chris Danielsen, director of public relations at the National Federation of the Blind, notes that, "The Domino's case is really about whether disabled Americans will be able to fully participate in society, as goods and services are increasingly accessed online."

Understanding that our legal system often lags our technological advancements, this signal is a fantastic example of sparks & honey's new trend Lagging Laws, as we increasingly find ourselves grappling with the intersection of technology and inclusion.

Craving more culture? Check out one of our Culture Briefings 12 p.m. EDT or view online: Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn.
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Research and Report
Report: Showing diverse cultures, demographics in ads pays off
Brands that portrayed the most cultural and demographic groups in ad campaigns saw an average stock increase of 44% in a seven-quarter period, and businesses with the highest diversity scores yielded an 83% higher consumer preference, according to agency Heat research. The study also revealed that while women are portrayed in primary roles, they are often as stereotypical moms or wives, and few ads had LGBTQ+ representation.
Marketing Dive (10/2) 
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Cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature.
Irina Bokova, United Nations exec, via Quotabelle
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