Brazilian agency BETC Sao Paulo has created a campaign for International Women's Day highlighting the issue of "manterruption" -- when a man rudely interrupts a woman -- that includes developing an app that can detect when the deed is taking place.
Women Interrupted uses the microphone to detect when a man is interrupting a woman in full flow, and shows up an alert on your smartphone -- it's designed to highlight the issue for men, as well as women.
To promote the campaign and app, the agency created a video, seen here, that includes some real-life "manterruptions," both famous and not so well-known They include Kanye West's interruption of Taylor Swift's speech at the VMAs, Adele being interrupted by James Corden and Hillary Clinton being interrupted during a live MSNBC interview, as well as a range of female interviewers being rudely cut off.
As well as the app store, the app can be downloaded at a website that BETC has designed around the issue, where you can find out more about the incidence of Manterruption.
"At first glance, it may seem like a small problem, but it reflects deeper issues of gender inequality at work and in society. The app is a way of showing that, in fact, the interruption is real and alarming," says Gal Barradas, founder and Co-CEO of BETC Sao Paulo. Ms Barradas is the only female representative in the ranking of the ten most admired advertisers by top-executives in Brazil, according to a 2017 Agency Scope study by Scopen Consultancy.