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Ford apologizes for ads depicting bound, gagged women in trunk of car

The Ford Motor Company and Indian ad agency JWT issued an apology on Monday for a series of misogynistic ads depicting women with their hands and feet bound and mouths gagged being stowed in the trunk of a car.

The tagline? “Leave Your Worries Behind.”

In a statement to Business Insider, JWT apologized for the sexualized images of violence against women, explaining they were "never intended for publication":

We deeply regret the publishing of posters that were distasteful and contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within WPP Group. These were never intended for paid publication and should never have been created, let alone uploaded to the internet. This was the result of individuals acting without proper oversight and appropriate actions have been taken within the agency where they work to deal with the situation.

Sounds vaguely reminiscent of a certain 16-year-old convicted rapists' statement that "No pictures should have been taken, let alone sent around,” no?

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