Behind the times.
Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has branded Spain as being 'behind the times' for demanding it withdraw a controversial advertising campaign, a newspaper reported on Friday.
Dolce & Gabbana plan to pull the advertisement, which shows a man holding a woman to the ground by her wrists while a group of men look on, following complaints from consumers' groups. Spain's Labour and Social Affairs Ministry branded the campaign as illegal and humiliating to women, saying the woman's body position had no relation to the products Dolce & Gabbana were trying to sell.
"One could infer from the advertisement that it is acceptable to use force as a way of imposing oneself on a woman, reinforced by the passive and complicit manner of the men looking on," the ministry said in a statement.
Dolce & Gabbana defended the campaign as art in comments reported by La Vanguardia. "What has an artistic photo got to do with a real act?" the paper quoted the firm as saying. "You would have to burn museums like the Louvre or the paintings of Caravaggio."
"We will only withdraw this photo from the Spanish market. They're a bit behind the times," La Vanguardia newspaper quoted the Milan-based fashion house as saying."
Next week- Karl von Muffling expresses shock that his photo of a nazi uniformed model holding a screaming black baby over a boiling lobster pot might cause offense. 'Urgh-' the German designer said, fanning himself with a priceless turtle bone fan while drinking tea from a dodo beak and stubbing out his cigar on a gorrilla paw ashtray,-'Zes people arf just zo pesdestrian und stuuuupid.'