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Calvin Klein Sorry for 'Queer-Baiting' Ad With Bella Hadid, Robot

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The fashion giant admitted that using a straight model kissing a female digital avatar to sell clothes was a questionable choice.

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Calvin Klein addressed criticism of a recently released advertisement showing supermodel Bella Hadid making out with Lil Miquela, an artificial female "influencer" that's been described as both a digital avatar and a robot.

The ad, part of the "I Speak My Truth" campaign, encourages people (and, ostensibly, shoppers) to embrace their vulnerabilites.

"Life is about opening doors," Hadid says as Lil Miquela strolls towards her. "Creating new dreams you never knew could exist," Hadid says before the two peer into each other eyes and kiss before the lights dim.

As Teen Vogue points out, some found the commercial exploitative.

Calvin Klein released a statement on Friday addressing the criticism and said company officials "regret any offense we caused."

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.