In the United States, similar campaigns were undertaken by the jewellers Tiffany with their “will you?” gay proposal ad and department store giant Macy’s ran a same-sex couple “I do” campaign to push their wedding list services.
Nordstrom’s 2015 Christmas commercial also featured a gay couple.
According to an Office of National Statistics study on sexuality in 2015, just 1.7 per cent of the UK’s population identify themselves as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Likewise, according to a 2012 Gallup Poll, 3.4 per cent of American adults consider themselves to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
Teens have also been targeted with transgender reality figure Jazz Jennings becoming the face of Johnson & Johnson’s Clean & Clear skin products in 2015.
Half of the advertisers surveyed said they were using fewer white people because they no longer represented “modern society”. The Times noted that McDonald’s is running advertisements with fewer white people, and research from Lloyds Bank found one in five adverts featured people from an ethnic minority group.
However, 2011 census data shows that 87 per cent of Britons are white, seven per cent are Asian (including Chinese), and those of African descent represent three per cent of the population (with two per cent “mixed”, one per cent “other”).