Ducks pull ‘birthday suit’ video featuring Ryan Kesler, issue apology
The Ducks usually knock it out of the park when it comes to team-produced videos to post and find their way into the vast stream that is social media. They’re often done with an irreverent edge, but usually humorous and benign in nature.
Only recently, Kevin Bieksa dressed up as security guard “Mitch” before a preseason game and took a very thorough approach to his job when it came to making sure his teammates were in full clearance before entering Honda Center.
Who can forget the annual summertime Teemu Selanne announcements that he would play one more season?
But the latest attempt was met with some criticism. To celebrate the National Hockey League being born 100 years ago on this date, the Ducks had Ryan Kesler walk around in his “birthday suit” inside the team’s offices. A black bar covered his front and back sides, giving the illusion that he was completely naked as he walked by female co-workers and chatted with one male.
Before the Ducks delete it.
Happy Birthday @NHL 🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/a6bCGGSOzS
— Phil 🌊⚡🏒 (@_DontFeedPhil_) November 26, 2017
It seemed like a good idea, right? Feature a player known to pull pranks and display his sense of humor. Except this comes at a time where allegations of sexual harassment and assault have been levied against numerous high-profile celebrities, politicians and power brokers within the media.
The Ducks soon pulled the video after reaction to it on their Twitter post was mixed at best, with a lot of sharp negative criticism.
Our tweet posted earlier today was meant to be a lighthearted video celebrating the NHL’s 100th birthday. We realize in retrospect the content of the video may have been insensitive and we have removed the video and apologize.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) November 26, […]