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Ad of the Day: Marcus Rashford boots toxic masculinity out of frame in Nike ad


By Imogen Watson, Senior reporter

June 2, 2021 | 2 min read

"Oi you, sit down. Shut up... and listen 'ere! You need to get a few things in your head if you're going to make it in this game... alright?" barks a mangy old football from the sideline of Nike's latest ad for its 'Play New' campaign, designed to combat toxic masculinity in football.

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"First of all, you've got to be greedy! I'm looking for that nasty streak. You don't ask, you take. You're either the star of the show or a loser," the tough Cockney football growls his outdated advice, exemplifying the nasty side of the sport.

With a kick, the toxic football is booted out of frame before he can voice any more of old-school spiel. Heralding in a new era of sport, the nasty football has been punted out by Marcus Rashford MBE, who has made a name as a formidable voice for social justice.

Created by Wieden+Kennedy, the ad is part of Nike's 'Play New' campaign that invites people to discover sport in new ways. It launched early last month with a film that featured elite athletes like Sabrina Ionescu, Dina Asher-Smith and Blake Leeper, as well as award-winning artist RosalĂ­a.

"You know what, here's to going for it and being terrible. Here's for giving it a shot, even though your shot is garbage," suggests the child narrator, encouraging those who think they suck at sport to give it a go by discovering it in new ways.

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