Bobby Pawar: Post JWT

MUMBAI: He may be out of JWT India, but he definitely is not down and out. We are referring to former JWT India managing partner and chief creative director Bobby Pawar who put in his papers after Vijay Simha Vellanki, creative director at Blue Hive, a WPP unit dedicated to managing the Ford business, was asked to resign for creating a few posters with which got the client auto company Ford all choked up after some consumers got upset with the so-called sexist depiction in the ads.

Pawar earlier today put out a post on facebook which said: "My friends, I am touched by your concern and affection. I am the luckiest man in the world, despite what the tabloids might say. I cannot repay your spontaneous outburst of support, so as my meagre offering I give you this for your viewing pleasure, a Santa Claus made with condoms. Oops, will that get me in trouble gain?"

Pawar has not been reachable since he jettisoned from the agency he joined around 15 months ago. He had issued a comment, saying he was resigning because "as a leader, this incident happened on my watch. I have to take moral responsibility for it."

But he has been active on facebook since, posting pictures of his family as they take some time out in Srinagar.

And an avalanche of support has poured in for him.

Said Scarecrow Communications branch head and executive creative director Anindya Banerjee, "Still trying to figure out the ‘sexist‘ portion in the ads. Looks like a mystery that‘s not going to be answered."

Added Pinstorm Technologies boss Mahesh Murthy, "While the JWT India scam ad for Ford was dumb, sacking the ECD Bobby Pawar for it is dumber. Smacks of testicular deficiency all around I think. Stand up for your creatives, @Colwyn Harris. Don‘t sell them out at the first sign of trouble. Now who with a brain and a backbone will work for you?"

Said Bang Bang film founder and managing director Roopak Saluja, "At the end of the day, that‘s all that matters, Bobby. And you know the whole industry knows what this is all about. A $2Billion ad budget is a tough thing to be weighed against. Yet you walk away with an unscathed rep...Godspeed!"

Said media veteran Bhaskar Das (currently with Zee News) : "It‘s so true, Bobby. You will rock always."

On 23 March, Pawar had an interaction with former McCann and Ogilvy & Mather professional Rob Ichelson which went as follows:

Rob: "Hi BubbaHave you read Kenney‘s Book"

Bobby: "No Rob would like to. What‘s it called?"

Rob: "Truth in Advertising"

Bobby: @Rob. "Is there any truth to it?"

He could not have been more prophetic.

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