Just when you thought Ultra Tune couldn’t sink any lower…
Car parts and services chain Ultra Tune have a long history of sexist advertising. From rubber clad dominatrix women brandishing whips and feigning arousal at the site of tyres, to countless ads perpetuating sexist stereotypes of women as ‘dumb blondes’ who can’t operate their vehicles, Ultra Tune has attracted a huge amount of complaints. CEO Sean Buckley has dismissed complaints, insisting that his ads are indeed funny- despite even Ultra Tune franchise owners from around the country calling for the sexist ads to be removed.
Ultra Tune has hit a new low, with Mumbrella reporting that convicted rapist Mike Tyson is to be the new face of the brand:
Mike Tyson is set to replace Jean Claude Van Damme as the face of one of Australia’s most controversial advertisers, Ultra Tune.
Since shifting its strategy, the brand has been criticised for sexism and degrading women in its adverts and often features in the Ads Standards Board’s list of most-complained about ads.
Mumbrella had previously speculated Van Damme’s replacement could be WWE star John Cena. At the time, Ultra Tune’s national marketing manager Rod Cedaro told Mumbrella’s Automotive Marketing Summit: “John Cena hasn’t been signed yet but there has been discussions”.
Tyson, however, will front the ads – likely to debut on screens around the Australian Open tennis tournament – with CEO of Ultra Tune Sean Buckley taking to social media with snaps of Tyson and the brand’s ‘rubber girls’.
In 1992 Tyson was convicted of rape and consequently served time in jail.
Buckley continued to defend the brands ongoing sexist treatment of women as comical and those opposed to Ultra Tune’s sexual exploitation and humiliation of women “middle aged feminists”: (We set the record straight at Men Against Ultra Tune sexism.)
“Australia used to be the land of fun and comedy but everything has become politically correct to another level, so much so people are scared to do something different or funny.”
He has previously stated the main source of complaints against Ultra Tune’s ads come from “social keyboard warriors” and middle-aged feminists “who are after equality” who missed the light-hearted intent of the ads.
“Women can jump up and down all they want but they’re not our target audience”, Buckley said.