A Beyoncé anthem is stripped of its central theme in this sobering bank ad

Spot from Try Oslo calls attention to gender financial inequity

Published On
Sep 23, 2019

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The post-apocalyptic spectacle of Beyoncé’s 2011 “Run the World” music video presents a land where women command the survivors, ruling with dance battles rather than combat—"Mad Max” meets “West Side Story.” The film's song repeatedly asks, "Who run the world?" To which the chorus responds forcefully, "Girls."

So at first, a new ad for Norwegian bank DNB seems like a familiar homage. Abandoned streets and parking lots give way to lines of dancers aggressively stomping and twirling across the landscape while a cut of the girl power anthem plays. But something’s missing.

In the spot, the song's central question of "Who run the world?" is met over and over again with silence, as the chorus of dancers—now obviously all-male—continues to cavort in unison. Something is definitely wrong. If anyone runs this world, it isn’t girls.

The world reflected in the spot is actually our own, a visual metaphor for the sobering fact that 80 percent of private stock in Norway is owned by men. The two-minute wordless film was created out of Try, Oslo and directed by Sheila Johannson via Scandinavian production company New Land.


Sep 23, 2019
Client :
Mette Olsen
Agency :
Creative :
Egil Pay
Creative :
Anette Bellika
Creative :
Thea BJorndal
Account Mgr :
Kristina Skogen
Production Company :
Director :
Sheila Johansson
Executive Producer :
Erik Torell
Producer :
Joel Rostmark
Line Producer :
Martin Gustafson
Director of Photography :
Sophia Olsson
Stills Director of Photography :
Therese Ohrwall
Director’s Assistant :
Marcus Ibanez
Service Production :
MD :
Oscar Romagosa
Producer :
Diana Milesi
Producer :
Noelia Lobo

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