On her site, Director of Global Trends at Global Hue Christine Huang put it like this. “Levis (or rather W+K) is glorifying these centuries old American ideals — Optimism! Egoism! Manifest Destiny! — while making paltry gestures towards the reality of American history and what America is today. Besides the few ethnic actors in the video, their print campaign is disappointingly monochromatic and seems almost unapologetically alienating. It would have been really amazing to see Levis pay homage to the symbols of true individuality from our past — the Freedom riders, abolitionists, Suffragists, veterans. ‘The Frontier’ is sexy and all, but how about some real American heroes?”
Now you go.
Note: The “by slaves” remark was not part of the original poster. Someone passing by added it, we presume.