Gettin it wrong? Stronger In's #Votin campaign for the youth falls flat

Britain Stronger In Europe's online campaign to get young people registered to vote in the UK's upcoming referendum has attracted criticism on social media and in the press.

Created by Venturethree, a brand consultancy, the #Votin campaign aims to convey key issues which matter to young people with an online video, posters and a website. 

A statement from Stronger In, the official campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union, said the launch ad was "energetic, positive and engaging" in encouraging younger people to register by the 7 June deadline. 

The campaign is spearheaded by Tory MP Sam Gyimah, who said: "It’s essential that the easyJet generation, who have grown up with all of the benefits of the EU, realise what it means to be in Europe, and what is at risk if we walk away.

"That’s why I am so passionate about this new campaign and getting as many young people as possible engaging with the referendum."

However not everyone agreed with Gyimah, as younger people turned to Twitter to complain about the "patronising" and "condescending" use of slogans like "workin earnin makin votin".

A BuzzFeed article on the campaign had a decidedly sceptical tone, while a VICE article was headlined Check Out This Shit Pro-EU #Votin Campaign Video, and Politics Home called it "the worst campaign in the world".

Stronger In declined to comment on the criticisms of the campaign when approached by PRWeek.

Earlier this month Campaign revealed that David Cameron's government, which is leading the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, had enlisted M&C Saatchi as its main ad agency. The cross-party campaign to keep the UK in the EU has previously worked with a number of agencies, including Adam & Eve/DDB, which created its name and launch film.

This article originally appeared on PRWeek sister title Campaign

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