2.03.2008

Abercrombie & Fitch

Poster in store gets seized by government. Manager given citation. Really. In America.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I happen to agree with removing them. We wonder why our children are "crazy" but we have no problem watching while we PROMOTE nudity and allow them to walk around in with their underwear hanging out! Do liberals in this country not even understand morals and values? Why don't we just all walk around naked... that shouldn't make anyone "crazy" and I'm sure no rapes would ensue from it.

Anonymous said...

The only displays of butt crack and boob sides I've ever seen at the mall are the kids themselves. Maybe we should issue citations for that. And while we are at it, let's just ban swimsuits, water parks and beaches. And for God's sake please immediately close all Victoria's secret stores that teenage girls roam to buy their thongs that they love to show the world. How is this poster more inappropriate than the displays in other mall stores like swim shops, Fredericks, V.S. or the lingerie department of J.C. Penney?

Anonymous said...

10:31, it's interesting you bring up that point, because in countries and societies where there are less hangups about nudity (for example, topless beaches are no big deal) statistics show there are far fewer sexual crimes on a per capita basis than in the U.S. Look, I don't want us all walking around naked. What a disgusting display that would be, first of all. Think about it. Decatur Wal Mart, everyone nude? Barf bag. But we are too hung up on this stuff. And by the way, for all you "moral" and "Christian" folks...at one time, we all did walk around naked...God intended for us to until we screwed it up.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 10:31. While the first amendment ensures us of free speech, that free speech has its limits. We are not free to stand in the middle of a movie theater and scream "A bomb! Everyone get out!" just because we feel like saying that because it is illegal AND it unreasonably endangers the others in the movie theater. The Abercrombie and Fitch ads are no different. I have young children...too young to walk by that store, see those ads...too young to assimilate and synthesize the borderline pornographic content the photos are obviously trying to convey. Which also brings up the issue of pornography. If someone has an appreciation for pornography, they have the right to look, watch, etc. but keep it out of the mall where my kids are walking by in full view of it. As for being naked and the lingerie departments, while you may see risque' outfits, Abercrombie and Fitch is giving you and everyone else a sexual situation to muse on. There is a time and place for everything: nude sunbathing, having sex, looking at porn...none of which belong at the mall.

Anonymous said...

To 10:31, Crazy parents and parenting = crazy kids. Can't blame a couple of pix for your mistakes raising your kids!

Anonymous said...

You can put his Bull Crap on the backs of the "Hollier than Thou" Republicans of Virginia.

I know us "liberal weenies" don't want to offend anyone. But heaven help you if a self righteous Republican is offended. "Good Lord our kids will go GAY if they look at stuff like this !!!!

Does America have ANY RIGHTS LEFT that have not been repressed by the right wing?

Lexi the UdderDog said...

This is just the direction the Talibanipublican party wants to go.
They have a "Select Liberties" standard to go by. Somewhat like their Tax Money Spending priorities are. Such as, evesdropping on all phone calls is ok, a little butt cleavage is taboo. Enhancing facts to get support to invade a country ok, Butt Gay marriage will corrupt even the most die-hard hetersexual into maybe becoming gay and threaten Christian Marriage as it is known today. Won't be long 'till women will be wearing burkas and looking out of a little peephole. Mary Madeline will be wondering what the hell happened, but as long as it was ordered by Talibanipublican Conservatives, it will be OK with her.
(just uddering)

Anonymous said...

The only thing "obscene" about this story is the behavior of the Virginia police state. The photos may or may not be in "bad taste" ... we can all argue that back and forth. But 2 inches of male butt crack in the context of that photo is under no circumstances whatsoever "obscene."

Morality police today ... gestapo tomorrow.

Defense of the liberty of personal taste is not "liberal." It is the very essence of conservatism. You can't say "no" to the government in your pocketbook but "yes" to the government pulling books off the library shelves. THAT isn't "conservatism." THAT is "hypocracy."

Anonymous said...

Should be charged with aggravated gaydom.

Anonymous said...

Think of all the art and sculpture across the world that also needs to be destroyed to keep people from seeing butt crack. And think of all the other countries and cultures that we need to bomb or eradicate because they do not adhere to our "the human body is sinful" standards. Think of all the Bibles that need to be burned because they contain images of naked little children angels....guess the Muslims have it right. Let's wrap our women and cover up their faces.

Anonymous said...

If that poster is being banned....then plumbers and appliance repairmen should be banned too.

Anonymous said...

4:15 I agree with you there are plenty more countries and 'cultures' that we need to bomb but a muslim isn't right about anything-ever.

Friendlycalloutman said...

10:57 name sources for the "statistics they would be meaningless anyway because of certain demographics in the US that inordinately affect crime statistics other countries don't have,but I am curious how you arrived at that statement.

Anonymous said...

Ha 4:38PM - Excellent.

Me? I can just imagine what the government goons who seized the poster and issued the citation looked like.

Hmmmmmm........fat, waddling, sweaty little Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum looking things. Definitely not Oompa-Loompas. I would never insult the Oompa-Loompas.

I'm betting it was a rolly polly clu$terf^ck!

Anonymous said...

Again, there is a time and place for everything....I think that would be termed "context." I am NOT a Republican, by the way. I also don't think anyone has said that nude bodies are sinful. Actually, your method of debate, if that is what you are doing, is poorly formed. Keep your comments on topic and don't insult your opponent. I don't like telling people nowadays that I am a Democrat because of comments you guys have posted...so vitriolic and spiteful. Your hateful spews and rants do a disservice to our party rather than further its causes.

Anonymous said...

4:15 exactly. John Ashcroft, a Bushman, had at the expense of about 8 grand of taxpayer money to cover the naked boob of a statue because he was/is a Religouse Zealot. Suppose his Conservative Weenie would start hardening up to the point he could not concentrate on BullShitting the Nation with those bare Boobs in the background. It was a case of one Boob bing offended by another Boob.

Anonymous said...

Is that girl on the left naked? Cool!

Anonymous said...

Some people on this blog are so angry and mean with their comments that any point they are trying to make is lost on the reader. Such anger, insecurity, and malcontent is really sad to see.

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a pick me up. You miss labled this one.

Anonymous said...

Have we gone absolutely mad? How is this any different from this Coppertone ad published back in the '50s? Not only its it bare buttocks, but on a child.

10:31AM, where were your morals and values then?

Anonymous said...

Call me closed-minded, but I do not see the comparison between an A&F ad hanging in a store to entice teens to purchase overpriced clothes to a work of art hanging in the Louvre. A naked body in any context cannot be deemed as art simply because it's naked, or in this case, alluding to it. A&F needs to keep their demographic in mind...pre-teens and teens. Jeers to the advertising co. on this one.

Anonymous said...

The jig is up. Here's the real story behind the photo. The guys were preparing to sin when the discovered the woman seen in the photo is actually a pre-surgical trans-gender. When her ding-dong popped out they ran off and dressed on the run. The one fellow had wasted time messing with his tightie-whities until he saw he as being chased by the trans gender, who by then had an obvious interest in him. He threw aside his whities and opted instead for getting his drawers on so he could out run his 'lady of love'. It so happened a family from Decatur was on a nearby safari and snapped a shot of the crew as the young fellow nearly had his drawers on. What is more shocking about this photo is what you can't see (and that is the other three trans-genders in hot pursuit of these specimens). Interestingly this ad was actually cropped from the overall photo of a very sick situation.

Anonymous said...

This is the same store which sold its catalog with a plastic sleeve and one had to be over 18 years old to purchase. A&F knows exactly who and what they are trying to sell. It's not clothes. If they were trying to sell clothes then the models would be wearing them. They are selling only an illicit image with clothes as the means. Like most corrupt businesses, loose ethics will eventually sink A&F.

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm the only American who hasn't seen Brokeback Mountain so this is the gayest thing I've ever seen.

Sean Sanity said...

11:11, are you really trying to compare shouting "Fire" (the actual SC reference) in a crowded theater to showing 2 inches of male butt crack? The reason the former is not protected is because it puts people at danger. The latter doesn't do anything of the kind. As attractive as some may be, the outer butt is not a sex organ, so any attempt to consider it pornography fails.

A&F provided a photo. The viewer provides the interpretation. If your interpretation is erotic...you brought that. If your interpretation is platonic...you brought that as well.

Let's have our police spend their time on actual crimes, rather than what some label as bad taste. If all those that complain about A&F's ads stopped buying the clothes, they might change their marketing techniques. Some group within the U.S. supports the idea of letting the market decide...now which group is that?

Anonymous said...

Leave it to a butt crack post to raise the ire of all those freedom loving, patriotic Americans out there.

There is nothing more American than pointing a picture and saying, "That doth offend, Government take it away from my sight!"

{sarcasm boils over}

Customers of the store, mall, etc. have every right under our free market economy to walk up to the store manager, mall management, or anyone else that has a stake in the customer's wallet and voice their complaint. Maybe A&F or the mall would do something about it, maybe not. But, please leave the police out of it, they are not there to be your personal porno nazis.

I'd feel the same way if the picture was of two dogs screwing each other. I wouldn't like it; I'd probably complain, but I certainly wouldn't look for anyone with a gun.

The ashcroft thing reminds me of the Pope that defaced all the statues and such in Rome. When i went there, there were all these statues covered up with fig leaves, but they weren't made that way originally.

We've really evolved in our freedoms in the past several hundred years.