Friday, April 23, 2010

Hot Curvy Voluptuous Woman in Lane Bryant Lingerie Ad Causes Conniptions, Sort of-- Also, South Park!

Lane Bryant, which is a clothing or department store or something, has a new commercial advertising their new "Cacique" line of lingerie. ("Cacique" is French for "yummy.") The commercial can be viewed right here:

Why am I posting this video on my blog? It's because I am outraged by the fact that two networks refused to air it! As Lane Bryant's own blog (!) explains in a post provocatively entitled The Lingerie Commercial FOX and ABC Didn't Want Its Viewers to See:
It appears that ABC and Fox have made the decision to define beauty for you by denying our new, groundbreaking Cacique commercial from airing freely on their networks.
Yeah, those networks want to define beauty for you! By... denying Lane Bryant the opportunity to run their ad "freely"?

Wait, what? That doesn't sound as bad as the headline made it out to be. Let's read on.
ABC refused to show the commercial during “Dancing with the Stars” without restricting our airtime to the final moments of the show. Fox demanded excessive re-edits and rebuffed it three times before relenting to air it during the final 10 minutes of “American Idol,” but only after we threatened to pull the ad buy.
Um, okay. ABC didn't want to run a lingerie ad during the first segments of a dancing competition program that is aimed squarely at middle America. But they would run it during the "final moments." Fox asked for "re-edits" -- for a commercial that was to run on its network -- before finally agreeing to actually run the ad.

I know that plus-sized people are treated unfairly by our culture, our citizens, our government. I've already covered this ground back when I discussed a despicable review by someone called Debbie Schussel of "More to Love" (a show that aired on Fox, by the way).

But isn't it just possible that Lane Bryant is attempting to manufacture outrage in this case? The commercial did get to air. They just didn't get everything they wanted. Like every other advertiser, they had to get permission first. They had to make deals with the networks.

Call me cynical, but I think this whole "controversy" was just a way to help get empty-headed bloggers to write about the Cacique line of lingerie, and how beautiful it looks and how you should probably buy some of it, because it will make you look hhhhhhhoooooottttttt like the woman in the ad.

Ashley Graham is the "plus-sized model" who appeared in the Cacique ad. You can see why the ad was so controversial. Because she's so non-traditionally attractive.

But it's so difficult to work up any real outrage over this when the creators of a television show got death threats (excuse me, death warnings) over the content of said show.
“South Park,” the Comedy Central series, is an animated show that tries its best to push buttons and the boundaries of free speech by mocking every high-profile target in sight, from Hollywood celebrities to religious figures. But its creators may have gotten more than they bargained for with two recent episodes that satirized the Prophet Muhammad — one that elicited an ominous message from an Islamic group based in New York, and one that was censored by the cable network that shows it.
Cognizant that Islam forbids the depiction of its holiest prophet, Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker showed their “South Park” characters agonizing over how to bring Muhammad to their fictional Colorado town. At first the character said to be Muhammad is confined to a U-Haul trailer, and is heard speaking but is not shown. Later in the episode the character is let out of the trailer, dressed in a bear costume.

The next day the “South Park” episode was criticized by the group Revolution Muslim in a post at its Web site, The post, written by a member named Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, said the episode “outright insulted” the prophet, adding: “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid, and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

Mr. van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker and a critic of religions including Islam, was killed by an Islamic militant in Amsterdam in 2004 after he made a film that discussed the abuse of Muslim women in some Islamic societies.
The episode of course did not "outright insult" Muhammad. It merely depicted him. Something that a number of Muslim artists have done over the years.

But it wasn't just the depiction of Muhammad that was censored by Comedy Central. It was any mention of his name.
Producers of "South Park" said Thursday that Comedy Central removed a speech about intimidation and fear from their show after a radical Muslim group warned that they could be killed for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

It came during about 35 seconds of dialogue between the cartoon characters of Kyle, Jesus Christ and Santa Claus that was bleeped out.

"It wasn't some meta-joke on our part," producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone said. Comedy Central declined to comment.
Satirical animated TV show "South Park" beeped out the words Prophet Muhammad and plastered its Wednesday episode with the word "CENSORED" after being issued a grim warning by a U.S. Muslim group.
The irreverent comedy show on Comedy Central also substituted a controversial image seen last week of the Prophet Muhammad in a bear outfit with one of Santa Claus in the same costume.

People need to not respond to "offense" with violence, or the threat of violence. For crying out loud, it's not like South Park put a fat woman in lingerie.

Watch out for that fat woman!

Bonus: Jon Stewart of The Daily Show makes some decent points here:
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