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Jeans and Riot Gear Don’t Mix

Levi’s, thinking it saw a youthful revolution in the UK riots this summer, produced a 60-second commercial in which a hip, young man confronts riot police while wearing Levi’s. A tagline reading “Go Forth” appears in the final seconds. The ad was pulled from television screens in August 2011, but the company kept it up on their YouTube page. A company spokesperson said the video was intended to be about "youthful optimism,” but, in a preemptive strike, decided to “temporarily postpone” the campaign “out of sensitivity for what is happening in the UK. ”