With great power comes great responsibility

Posted on May 17th, 2010

For men whose livelihoods depend on the goodwill of clients, we haven't exactly been shy about poking fun at them over the years. I always suspected it was only a matter of time before we finally received a "please take this down" e-mail, but I'd just assumed it would come from Hasbro, Denny's or the like.

I sincerely did not see this one coming. At all.

About two years ago, we did a simple little one-panel about how the creative dress code is pretty casual. Not exactly provocative stuff. Because it amused me, I contrasted a shot of the dapper Mad Men cast with a shot of a leather-clad cannibal from post-apocalyptic film Doomsday. The caption beneath the latter image read: "Sally Hogshead, hosting the National Creative Conference in 2005."

See, it's funny 'cause a leather-clad cannibal is so clearly not internationally-acclaimed creative director, author and speaker Sally Hogshead. Sally's extremely good at what she does, but she wouldn't last a day cage-fighting mutants in the Thunderdome.

Sally herself tells us she found it funny. At first.

The novelty probably wore off right around the time my throwaway joke became the #2 image result for her on Google. At which point some people assumed that Sally Hogshead must actually be a leather-clad cannibal.

For the record, this is Sally Hogshead.


This is not. Sally's probably not even a cannibal. Probably.

The one thing I want to stress above all else is how extremely gracious Sally's been. She didn't make a single demand or threat or even mention how messed up the world is when two idiots with a webcomic can impact the life of an advertising icon without even trying.


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