TORONTO TRANSGENDER ARTIST FEATURED IN NEW GILLETTE AD
A new Gillette ad being praised for its inclusivity features a transgender man shaving for the first time while being coached by his father.
The ad begins with Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, an artist from Toronto, Ont., talking about how when he was growing up, “he always knew he was different.”
The video, shared on Gillette’s Facebook page, shows Brown standing in front of a bathroom mirror, razor in hand, with his father coaching him in the background.
Gillette, this is nothing short of incredible. https://t.co/jGS1962lh2
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 28, 2019
“Shaving is about being confident,” Brown’s father says, urging him not to be nervous.
Confidence is something that Brown says he brings to every aspect of his life and, by extension, his art.
“As a child growing up I knew that I was meant to be a boy who eventually grow into a man,” Brown said in an email to CTV News.ca
“Since becoming more in tune with my spirituality and…serving my ancestors, I have found the confidence to live my truth and come into my own.” READ MORE
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 28, 2019
GILLETTE AD FEATURING TRANSGENDER TORONTO MAN SHOWS WHY SUPPORT MATTERS
Samson Bonkeabantu Brown says his dad was “one of my greatest supporters throughout my transition.”
“Don’t be scared,” a man tells his transgender son in an emotional new Gillette ad. “Shaving is about being confident.”
The ad, which has been viewed more than one million times on Facebook since it was first shared on Thursday, purports to show Samson Bonkeabantu Brown’s “first shave.” The Toronto-based artist and activist is seen with a razor in his hand and shaving cream on his face as his father stands nearby, gently encouraging him.
“Ah, you’re doing fine,” his father says. “You are doing fine.”
As Brown explains in the clip, his first shave marked a particularly meaningful milestone in his transition journey. READ MORE
THIS GILLETTE AD SHOWS A MAN TEACHING HIS TRANSGENDER SON TO SHAVE
A man’s first shave is a milestone no matter who you are. But for transgender man Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, it was memorable for several reasons.
Brown shared the experience with a man identified as his father in an advertisement for Gillette, the maker of razors and shaving supplies.
The video, which Gillette shared on its Facebook page, shows the Toronto-based artist standing in front of a bathroom mirror as his father coaches him.
“Now, don’t be scared,” his father says. “Shaving is about being confident.”
“Growing up, I was always trying to figure out what kind of man I wanted to become and I’m still trying to figure out what kind of man that I want to become,” Brown said in the video. READ MORE
NEW GILLETTE AD SHOWS FATHER HELPING TRANSGENDER SON TO SHAVE
Samson Bonkeabantu Brown says he was honored to star in ad
A transgender man learning to shave is featured in a new ad by razor company Gillette. The ad, posted to Gillette’s Facebook page, features Toronto-based artist Samson Bonkeabantu Brown shaving with some coaching from his father.
“I always knew I was different. I didn’t know there was a term for the type of person that I was. I went into my transition just wanting to me happy. I’m glad I’m at the point where I’m able to shave,” he says. “I’m at the point in my manhood where I’m actually happy.”
His father offers pointers as Brown takes the razor to his shaving cream-covered face. “Now don’t be scared. Shaving is about being confident. You’re doing fine,” the father says. READ MORE
— Thandie Newton OBE (@thandienewton) May 28, 2019
A DAD TEACHES HIS TRANSGENDER SON HOW TO SHAVE IN THIS HEARTWARMING NEW GILLETTE AD
Sharing the ad on his Facebook page, Brown writes “I shot this ad for Gillette and wanted to include my father, who has been one of my greatest supporters throughout my transition, encouraging me to be confident and live authentically as my best self.” It’s Tuesday and we’re already at our cry quota for the week.
Brown continues, writing, “I’m keenly aware of how blessed I am to be able to exist in this world being supported by my family in ways that all too often many of my trans brothers, sisters, and siblings who exist outside the binary are not always as fortunate. I am confident that this ad will encourage many of my trans siblings and fill them with the knowledge that our existence in this world can be filled with the love and support we deserve. Be good to yourselves. Love yourselves. And know that when you greet the world with love, it can and will love you back, often in the places you least expect.” READ MORE
New Gillette ad features dad teaching his trans son to shave for the first time ❤️? https://t.co/1fHM8evTf4
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) May 26, 2019
First times can be tough. But having a support system always makes things easier. @gillette teamed up with my fellow Torontonian and proud trans man Samson as he, with the help of his dad, tackles his First Shave…take a look! pic.twitter.com/RlILNAK88t
— Brooke Lynn Hytes (@Bhytes1) May 24, 2019