Tuesday, March 06, 2007

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.'



Blogger Kav said...

Sounds like the same kind of complaint as those parents who blame video games for their kids' behaviour, despite having a completely hands-off style of parenting and allowing them to play them 12 hours a day with no social interaction. Sorry, bugbear of mine.

Hmm, I wonder what Manuel would have to say about that.

11:40 a.m.  
Anonymous Macdara said...

"What has an artistic photo got to do with a real act?"

Well what has it got to do with selling clothes either? especially considering most of the people are not wearing any?

Reminds me a bit of that Jodie Foster Movie where the guys looking on were as guilty. So if that image is coming into my head then the Spanish Governemnt are right and D&G are the ones behind the times.

12:56 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That reminds me of the scene from "Spinal Tap" when it's explained to the band why they have to change the "Smell The Glove" album cover. "...wot's wrong wiv being sexy?..."

1:29 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I love that film. Weeeeee, NTL is fixed!
Exactly MacDara, what the hell has it got to do with selling clothes. Up their own arses pair of diddies.

1:46 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

They should ban it for portraying people as plastic. Their style is so souless

6:56 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

They'll never hold her down - it looks like everyone's been brushed down with butter; they'll never get a purchase.

8:03 p.m.  
Blogger The Hangar Queen said...

Not from me they won't.D&G sunglasses were binned today.

4:48 a.m.  
Blogger SheBah said...

Way too much olive oil, a very slithery bunch.

10:20 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Shebah! All is well I take it?

11:17 a.m.  
Blogger SheBah said...

got a new job with a Chinese company - very different work culture, loads of rules! (And me an anarchist!) - but on the artistic side have the possibility of my childrens book being published first in Australia - they love the ideas and the illustrations, but the discussion now is whether to only use my illustrations and let someone else do the text, or use both of mine (they obviously think my text is pretty crap). Anyhoo, it will be good for my ego if not my bank balance, as even if I got three published in a year it would still be less money than any average office job! How are the house/romance/wedding/child plans progressing? I've been out of touch so long.

1:54 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

That's terrific! How proud you'll be with your book in your hand. Well done. Pretty much same old same old darling, drinking, dancing going out, fallin' back home...you know, fatcattin' around.

5:07 p.m.  
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