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!
— Paul Wesley (@paulwesley) September 3, 2016
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…
Brb gonna take out a Wells Fargo loan to go write Botany: The Musical!
— josh groban (@joshgroban) September 3, 2016
YOU GUYS!! APPARENTLY "TOMORROW" WILL HAVE NO ARTISTS IN IT JUST A SHIT TON OF BOTANISTS AND ENGINEERS! pic.twitter.com/UNGwir8NC7
— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) September 3, 2016
.@WellsFargo Your ads are disrespectful to artists.Do you go to movies, ballet, theater, concerts?Is your world not better because of arts?
— Rita Wilson (@RitaWilson) September 3, 2016
— Cynthia Erivo (@CynthiaEriVo) September 3, 2016
— Dustin Milligan (@DustinWMilligan) September 3, 2016
— Wesley Taylor (@WesTayTay) September 3, 2016
— Donna Lynne Champlin (@DLChamplin) September 3, 2016
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) September 3, 2016
— Christopher J Hanke (@cjHANKE) September 3, 2016
— Matt Doyle (@MattfDoyle) September 3, 2016
— Alexandra Silber (@alsilbs) September 3, 2016
— Jenna Ushkowitz (@JennaUshkowitz) September 3, 2016
— Heather Headley (@heatherheadley) September 3, 2016
Where's the petition to cut @WellsFargo Wagon from The Music Man?
— Andy Mientus (@andymientus) September 3, 2016
— Lesli Margherita (@QueenLesli) September 3, 2016
— Alex Brightman (@ABrightMonster) September 3, 2016