Top Stories

Celebs Slam Wells Fargo for Ads Discouraging the Arts

Celebs Slam Wells Fargo for Ads Discouraging the Arts

Celebs are upset with Wells Fargo after the bank released an ad that seemingly discouraged teenagers from pursuing the arts as careers.

The advertisement for a Teen Day later this month shows two kids in a classroom. The caption for the girl reads, “A ballerina yesterday. An engineer today. Let’s get them ready for tomorrow.”

The caption for the boy reads, “An actor yesterday. A botanist today. Let’s get them ready for tomorrow.”

Lots of celebs, including many in the Broadway community, immediately took to Twitter to shoot down the idea that one cannot pursue the arts. There were also many jokes made about how Wells Fargo is featured in the musical The Music Man!

Read what people like Paul Wesley, Josh Groban, and Tony winners Laura Benanti and Cynthia Erivo are saying:

The company eventually released this apology statement: “Wells Fargo is deeply committed to the arts, and we offer our sincere apology for the initial ads promoting our Sept. 17 Teen Financial Education Day. They were intended to celebrate all the aspirations of young people and fell short of that goal. We are making changes to the campaign’s creative that better reflect our company’s core value of embracing diversity and inclusion, and our support of the arts. Last year, Wells Fargo’s support of the arts, culture and education totaled $93 million.”

Click inside to see what more celebs are saying about the ad…

Just Jared on Facebook

JJ Links Around The Web

AKM-GSI
  • Hillary Clinton blames "fake news" for losing presidential election - TMZ
  • Celebs react to Astronaut John Glenn passing away - Gossip Cop
  • Willow Smith dropped a surprise EP called Mellifluous - Just Jared Jr
  • Candace Cameron Bure is leaving The View - Radar
  • Dwayne Johnson shows off his massive muscles in the Baywatch trailer - Lainey Gossip
  • Is Pitch coming back for a second season? - The Hollywood Reporter
  • Blu Loony

    I have never been embarrassed to say I bank at Wells Fargo until now.

    Give up some of your profits Wells Fargo and hire quality people who understand our youth. This is still free publicity for Wells Fargo. Fix the ad campaign and then they’ll get more free advertising on the news saying sorry.

    Believe. WFHurtMe.com

    Wells Fargo needs some new horses to pull the aging stagecoach. My story might cause the stagecoach to lose a wheel.

  • Cruizin1960

    Completely get this ad campaign. There is nothing about pursuing a career in the arts, but how many are actually successful and working in those careers? Let’s face it, there are many, many, many more young people who fail at careers in the arts…it would be nice to know that they have something to fall back on that will support them.

  • Gina

    How did this epic fail of an ad get past their marketing team? Not one person stopped to think that this might be offensive? Geez.

  • Caseywschirmer3

    Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj65d:
    On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
    !mj65d:
    ➽➽
    ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash65DirectPriceGetPay$97Hour… ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!mj65d:….,…..

  • Caseywschirmer3

    Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj65d:
    On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
    !mj65d:
    ➽➽
    ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash65DirectPriceGetPay$97Hour… ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!mj65d:….,…..

  • Nic

    Starting by the fact that today celebrities should have open a book more frequently than they did at school, they didn’t even get the ad message! Probably Well Fargo intended to publicize a financial way that could give someone the opportunity to be something else, something more concrete even after having vainly pursued a career in the arts. So much susceptibility in those “VIP” tweets…

  • mganai

    A career in the arts takes more persistence, true. And not everyone is cut out for that. But at the end of the day, everything has some sort of difficulty factor, and engineering is pretty near the top I’d say. It doesn’t matter how little, or how much, you get paid if you aren’t satisfied with your job. Therein lies the disservice within discouraging a person from a certain line of work.

  • mganai

    A lot of celebs, or established artists, rather, had to work odd jobs to get to where they are. And a lot of them are well read. Heck, to be in the arts, you have to be a very astute observer of life.

    Not everyone is going to be qualified or have the desire to have a regular white collar job. Because suggesting engineering as a backup is like UC Berkeley as a backup school for an Ivy League applicant.

  • Nic

    My point was that many of celebs (too much I’m afraid) aren’t even trained for the work they do. Take for example some of the actors who work on Tv: they mostly work because of their good looking pretty face and the impact their pretty face has on viewers but haven’t a degree in acting. There are also celebs that gained notoriety because of their parents or they money. You can read about them pretty often on these pages. The ones who can observe life and who prepare themselves in a proper way are very few. Maybe engineering wasn’t a good choice for the ad but maybe was intended to match properly high standard ambitions.

  • Cruizin1960

    While it is nice to be able to work in a career that you find satisfying, even more important is a career that will support you and your family without having to dig into the pockets of taxpayers to do so.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    there are millions of jobless actors

A Member of Townsquare Entertainment News | Advertise here