Reebok corporate communications rep Dan Sarro has announced that its Russian marketing director Alexander Golofast is no longer employed by the company following the botching of the Russian version of its #bemore human ad campaign.
"His comments do not reflect the views and opinions of the company. This version of the #bemorehuman campaign, which was deleted as soon as we heard about it, was not coordinated with Reebok," Sarro said, speaking to the Moskva agency on Monday.
Reebok was thrust into an awkward scandal last week after a commercial photoshoot featuring Russian internet female empowerment advocate Zalina Marshenkulova accompanied by the phrase "Get off the needle of men's approval – sit on a man's face," with the woman photographed sitting in a suggestive pose.
reebok russia has reworded the english ad slogan 'never apologise for being strong' as 'stop sitting on the needle of male approval, start sitting on men's faces' pic.twitter.com/mr0qgi3HjG— S.G. (@smlgff) February 7, 2019
Reebok pulled the ads from its social media accounts following a public backlash.