Salvation Army uses The Dress in ad targeting violence against women

The Salvation Army in South Africa captured global attention Friday with a campaign targeting violence again women that picks up on the viral success of "The Dress." But while the ad's take on seeing "black and blue" has gone viral in its own right, it has also generated its fair share of criticism.

'Why is it so hard to see black and blue?'

The Sally Ann campaign targeting violence again women picks up on the viral success of 'The Dress' and has been praised by many, but others have taken offence. (Salvation Army South Africa/Twitter)

The Salvation Army in South Africa captured global attention Friday with a campaign targeting violence again women that picks up on the viral success of "The Dress." But while the ad's take on seeing "black and blue" has gone viral in its own right, it has also generated its fair share of criticism.

Last week, the internet gathered in collective wonder to gawk at a blue and black dress that appeared to be white and gold to many people.

Hundreds of millions of page views later, The Dress has become a certifiable web phenomenon, ranking above even Left Shark and Alex from Target.

The Salvation Army ad, tweeted by the organization's South African arm Friday morning, builds off the blue and black or white and gold debate to send a message about violence against women.

Many online were quick to praise the campaign as both clever and powerful.

News organizations around the world jumped on the story.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also retweeted the ad just after announcing a campaign to end sexual violence and harassment in the province.

But not everyone is a fan of the campaign.

The Salvation Army faced some criticism on Twitter for portraying violence against women with the same visual vocabulary commonly used by the fashion industry.

Others argued that the Salvation Army, a Christian group, discriminates against the LGBT community. For its part, the organization has said it does not view being gay as a sin but will not perform gay marriages.

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