Rachel Charlene Lewis
September 04, 2016 7:03 am
Wells Fargo

So it seems like Wells Fargo made a bit of a misstep when it decided that there was nothing off about this ad. The Wells Fargo ad, which many feel appears to harshly critique arts careers in favor of engineering and other more “practical” gigs, was shared as a part of Teen Financial Education Day. It has a lot of people really unhappy, and feeling like their life’s work has come under fire by an ad for a bank that’s supposed to educate teens. As a result, some are worried that teens are being subtly pushed away from work in the arts, and toward STEM.

ICYMI, this tweet basically explains it all.

“Shame on you @WellsFargo for discouraging kids from pursuing careers in the arts,” the tweet reads. “I did and I couldn’t happier.”

The ad’s copy is definitely questionable.

“A ballerina yesterday. An engineer today,” one reads. The other? “An actor yesterday. A botanist today.”

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The internet is pretty pissed off, to say the least.

The bank has since issued an apology.

Which is so important, considering how personally this impacted so many people who’ve committed their lives to the arts. TG for that apology, Wells Fargo. Probably a good move.

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