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Ryanair ‘defends right of Swedish girls to take their clothes off’
www.thelocal.se ^ | 10/10/2008 | David Landes

Posted on 10/10/2008 7:14:49 PM PDT by WesternCulture

Ryanair on Friday claimed Sweden's Trade Ethical Council against Sexism in Advertising (ERK) was out of touch with the "Britney Spears generation" after the agency accused the discount airline of running a sexist ad campaign.

In defending the advertisement, Ryanair questioned whether the ERK accurately reflected the views of most Swedes.

“We are sure that the anti-funsters at the ERK do not speak for the majority of the famously liberal and easy going Swedes,” the company said in a statement.

“The ad simply reflects the way a lot of young girls like to dress. We hope the old farts at the ERK loosen up a little.”

The statement proclaimed further that “Ryanair defends the right of Swedish girls to take their clothes off."

The ad in question features a scantily clad schoolgirl to promote a fare sale meant to coincide with the start of the school year.

According to ERK, the woman in the ad "is used to catch the eye in a sexual manner that is offensive to women in general".

But Ryanair spokesperson Stephen McNamara disagreed, claiming that the ads simply “reflect reality”.

“This is the Britney Spears generation,” he told The Local.

“Young women around Europe want to look their best.”

McNamara explained that Ryanair received no complaints from campaigns run in the UK and Ireland which used the same image.

He also didn’t rule out the possibility that Ryanair would re-launch the campaign “because it has generated so much interest”.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: ads; advertising; ageofconsent; airlines; britneyspears; culturewar; europe; europeans; ireland; marketing; nudity; pc; ryanair; sbt; scandinavia; sexpositiveagenda; sweden; swedishbikiniteam

1 posted on 10/10/2008 7:14:50 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Not even budget Irish airlines need to take Sweden’s Trade Ethical Council against Sexism in Advertising seriously.

To begin with, the latter organization hasn’t even bothered to construct a web page in English.

The Swedish AMC/Rambler Society probably exercises a greater deal of influence over Swedish business life (and life on Earth in general) than Sweden’s Trade Ethical Council against Sexism in Advertising:

http://w1.115.telia.com/~u11505209/


2 posted on 10/10/2008 7:15:26 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

freedom baby!


3 posted on 10/10/2008 7:15:58 PM PDT by Perdogg ("That One" for President - of Kenya, Say no to Barack Odinga)
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To: WesternCulture
There's the old joke... have you seen a naked Swedish babe? Answer: I know them all - and they look gorgeous!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

4 posted on 10/10/2008 7:16:27 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: WesternCulture

We may need to see some visual evidence before we decide this issue.


5 posted on 10/10/2008 7:17:12 PM PDT by dinoparty
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To: dinoparty
Uh... Swedish porn? I think you have to upgrade the evidence. This is a family friendly forum! (laughing)

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

6 posted on 10/10/2008 7:18:39 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: WesternCulture

If I go to Ireland, I know what airline I’m flying...


7 posted on 10/10/2008 7:18:56 PM PDT by wastedyears (Now sadly living in the DPRNYC [Brooklyn])
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To: WesternCulture

From Our Cold Dead Hands


8 posted on 10/10/2008 7:19:03 PM PDT by BGHater (The GOP, the new DNC.)
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To: WesternCulture
Oh Dang I'm not the first to say “this thread is useless without Pic’s”
9 posted on 10/10/2008 7:19:43 PM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: WesternCulture

“The statement proclaimed further that “Ryanair defends the right of Swedish girls to take their clothes off.””

Another reason to love them! I flew them from Dublin to Paris for ten euro a few years back. No frills but man are they cheap.


10 posted on 10/10/2008 7:20:18 PM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: WesternCulture

This story would be easier to understand with pictures.


11 posted on 10/10/2008 7:20:41 PM PDT by counterpunch (Jim Jones was a Community Organizer)
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To: WesternCulture
The offending picture (THIS is PORN? LOL!):


"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

12 posted on 10/10/2008 7:22:25 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: WesternCulture

I am amazed that this is an issue in Western Europe’s almost anything goes on TV. I guess American PC is catching on in Europe — or is it the religious views of Muslims that are causing complaints?


13 posted on 10/10/2008 7:25:03 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: WesternCulture

14 posted on 10/10/2008 7:25:27 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: dinoparty

15 posted on 10/10/2008 7:25:47 PM PDT by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: goldstategop

Damn right! I went there when I was around 19 and most of them were staggering.


16 posted on 10/10/2008 7:26:17 PM PDT by Frantzie
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To: WesternCulture
“Ryanair defends the right of Swedish girls to take their clothes off."


17 posted on 10/10/2008 7:26:30 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Illic Est Haud Deus)
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To: WesternCulture

NOT Guilty!

18 posted on 10/10/2008 7:26:41 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: mlocher
They do have half naked women in European commercials. I was shocked the first time I saw one. They have standards here. You can't show full sex to sell something in America - at least not on mainstream or standard cable TV.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

19 posted on 10/10/2008 7:26:52 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Thats IT? Highschool cheerleaders won’t be caught dead with all that extra clothing...my mind had conjured up entirely different images(which I dare not post).


20 posted on 10/10/2008 7:27:14 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (McCain will screw the conservatives, but, Obama will screw the whole country.)
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To: wastedyears

ROFLMAO!


21 posted on 10/10/2008 7:27:47 PM PDT by doc1019 (Obama IS running against Palin)
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To: Old Sarge
That's MY kinda porn! They are too good to be true, LOL

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

22 posted on 10/10/2008 7:27:52 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

The Swedish Bikini Team - took some doing to find them...


23 posted on 10/10/2008 7:28:43 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Illic Est Haud Deus)
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To: dinoparty
“We may need to see some visual evidence before we decide this issue.”

I totally agree. Without pictures there can be no judgment.

24 posted on 10/10/2008 7:29:22 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: counterpunch

“This story would be easier to understand with pictures.”

- Why men from the British Isles, including Ireland (not a part of Britain but part of the British Isles as well as the home of Ryanair), wish to go to Sweden:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8rrFP2RMmo


25 posted on 10/10/2008 7:30:47 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: Rio
She's quite the girl,
A girl in a hot miniskirt
Who makes my dreams come true
That good lookin' babe, yeah
Good lookin' babe in a hot miniskirt
The girl of my dreams... I wanna
I wanna ask her out tonight
She's quite the girl!

26 posted on 10/10/2008 7:32:08 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
They do have half naked women in European commercials.

And in some TV shows as well. Their day time TV (code word for Soap Operas) sometimes have half naked women and late night TV will have it more frequently.

The phone sex commercials shown at night were pretty disgusting. (I had to watch them half of the night to ensure my eyes were not deceiving me.)

27 posted on 10/10/2008 7:32:23 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Parley Baer; dinoparty

- Why men from the British Isles, including Ireland (not a part of Britain but part of the British Isles as well as the home of Ryanair), wish to go to Sweden:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8rrFP2RMmo


28 posted on 10/10/2008 7:32:44 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: Old Sarge

I will defend to the death the right of these fine ladies to dress comfortably. Take a stand against purdah!


29 posted on 10/10/2008 7:38:48 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Eat the MSM!)
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To: Old Sarge

okkk!


30 posted on 10/10/2008 7:38:55 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: WesternCulture
Swedish babes rule... Brit girls are nothing to look at. I'd rather have a pretty girl hanging on arm than... Oh, never mind!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

31 posted on 10/10/2008 7:39:23 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mlocher
I guess American PC is catching on in Europe-or is it the religious views of Muslims that are causing complaints?

Moose limbs, of course.

32 posted on 10/10/2008 7:40:19 PM PDT by AZ .44 MAG (Am I foolish to explain things? He had such trouble with my name.)
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To: goldstategop

“Brit girls are nothing to look at.”

- There are exceptions.

Mandy Smith is one. Nowadays that is - and ever since she could be viewed as a woman.

I doubt I could’ve developed the kind of feelings for her that Rolling Stones legend Bill Wyman did at the time she was only 13 years old. Wyman is 34 years older..


33 posted on 10/10/2008 7:52:11 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: Old Sarge

Oh geez... the Swedish No Bikini Parachute Team!

Now I will always know what the Swedish flag looks like!

It’s taken me an hour to corect alll the misspellgings in thss popzzt I kant hlipp it theiir swo hut I mgean hot..

hwo sezz boobs juszt magke guys stupissd thgey jist dontt knnow........,,,,,,,!!!!


34 posted on 10/10/2008 7:55:12 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Proud pig-eating Crusader)
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To: dinoparty

I expected pix on this thread and the first one I saw was a freepathon advert with Obama’s ugly mug on it.


35 posted on 10/10/2008 7:56:21 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Obama-Acorn - Corrupt loans, Corrupt Votes to Destroy the U.S.)
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To: elcid1970

“Now I will always know what the Swedish flag looks like!”

- Yellow is for their blond hair, blue is for the eye color of the most beautiful women of Earth.

(But Norwegian women are admittedly very pretty too)


36 posted on 10/10/2008 8:02:13 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

I’ve always had this thing for Scandahoovian women.

Sure hope that free Sverige isn’t soon taken over by the Malmoe Muzzies. Seems they now speak Swedish without that lovely lilt. And they’re burka’d up to their eyebrows.

Where is Gustavus Vasa when you need him?


37 posted on 10/10/2008 8:07:55 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Proud pig-eating Crusader)
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To: Loud Mime

“I expected pix on this thread and the first one I saw was a freepathon advert with Obama’s ugly mug on it.”

- Ah, the horror.

Thanks to Free Republic, I’ve become aware true Americans prefer Swedish females to the Liberal, catch-all populism of political leaders like Carter and Obama (As well to that of Swedish politicians too I guess..)

In relation to our small population, Swedish women have reached a great deal of esteem in America. Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman are examples of this.

I wonder what chances a Swedish lady like Elin Nordegren (wife of Tiger Woods) would stand in a US presidential election, if allowed to enter?


38 posted on 10/10/2008 8:26:46 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: elcid1970

“And they’re burka’d up to their eyebrows”

- Burkas are very rare even in a Muslim stronghold like Malmö.

On the other hand, I admit there is a problem.

Islam does not belong in Europe and Europe does not aid moderate Muslims or backward nations in general by striving to become the social security office of the world.

To the extent that these people understand what democracy is all about, they should remain in their countries of origin, fighting for the freedom of their own nations.

That is something I am willing to give my full support as a member of true civilization.


39 posted on 10/10/2008 8:41:48 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Ahem.......!
We have rules here!


40 posted on 10/10/2008 8:56:56 PM PDT by G Larry ("Disgust" is a valid expression!-Vote Family Values!)
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To: goldstategop
Brit girls are nothing to look at

I wouldn't say that.

 

 

41 posted on 10/10/2008 9:18:46 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (War is sometimes necessary for weeding out the horrifically stupid.)
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To: JoJo Gunn

Yeah, and the few that are something to look at, you’d better put a dog collar on!


42 posted on 10/10/2008 9:20:33 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Don't let me interrupt your prayers for a suffering celebrity!)
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