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|01/30/05 at 08:27:37|
Muslim group targets poster nudity
By Nicola Woolcock
Activists are getting bolder in a campaign of vandalising adverts that display naked flesh
BILLBOARD adverts featuring partial nudity are being defaced by Muslim activists who are offended by displays of flesh.
The advertising watchdog has confirmed that increasing numbers of posters are being torn down or painted over in predominantly Islamic areas.
A website giving advice on how to vandalise billboards and listing potential targets has been set up by a group calling themselves Muslims Against Advertising (MAAD).
The campaign has gathered momentum since the Advertising Standards Authority banned an underwear advert from being sited near mosques.
Advertisements for perfume, hair dye, bras and television programmes are among those that have been attacked. Photographs of semi-dressed women are the most frequently targeted, with the offending body parts painted over or ripped off.
A poster advertising the Channel 4 programme Desperate Housewives is the most recent target; the images of two scantily-clad actresses have been torn from an East London billboard but three fully-dressed characters were left intact. Adverts bearing Dove’s “Real Women” adverts — six ordinary women pictured in their underwear — were painted over at several locations last year.
MAAD, based in Birmingham, gives an index of defaced adverts in the city, including Levi’s, Wonderbra, PaddyPower, a radio station and a strip club. It says on its website that it believes in “direct action” and “has paint and isn’t afraid to use it”, adding: “There is no longer any need to cringe as you walk past a sleazy poster, we’ll improve it.”
Advice on how to attack posters is also given: “The procedures outlined here are based on our six months’ experience of executing poster attacks professionally, safely and without injury or arrest.
“A paint roller, a blithe spirit and a balmy night are all you really need.
“After choosing your board, be sure to inspect it both during the day and at night. Take note of all activities in the area. Who is about at 2am? How visible will you be?
“Bring a camera — it’s a good cover for doing anything you’re not supposed to. Check your escape routes.
“For work on larger boards we recommend walkie-talkies . . . the ground crew should monitor oncoming traffic and maintain radio contact with the lookout on the board.”
The ASA told Triumph to remove its advert for Sloggi thongs from a billboard near a mosque in Bury, after complaints and a petition.
One Muslim reportedly complained that it was “insulting” and constituted “environmental pollution”.
An advert for hair dye, which showed a woman peering into her bikini bottoms, was painted over by Muslims in Luton. A spokesman said the poster would be “extremely offensive” to a Muslim man if he passed it on his way to prayers
Another Luton billboard for Marks & Spencer, showing the back of a naked woman, was also defaced.
And a poster in Bradford, featuring the tennis player Anna Kournikova modelling a sports bra, was covered with paint.
An Advertising Standards Authority spokeswoman said: “There do seem to be more incidents. It’s a criminal offence and private property is being defaced . . . it happens in a lot of Muslim areas such as Luton, Bradford, Glasgow and Birmingham.
“We encourage people to contact us and make their complaints known, then we can go through the proper channels in getting an advert taken down if it’s offensive.
“One area we’re concerned about is causing religious offence — the use of religious imagery and also being sensitive to location. If something is offensive in a particular area then the company will normally take it down.
“We’re getting more and more complaints about the inappropriate location of adverts, outside schools or places of worship.”
A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain said the ASA’s code of practice made it clear that companies should be sensitive to the location of certain adverts.
He said: “We don’t condone posters being defaced and would always encourage Muslims to raise their concerns with the ASA, so that it is made aware of the strength of feeling. Defacing adverts is akin to hooliganism.”
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Defacing a poster is a criminal offence but would be dealt with by us only if someone was caught in the act.”
ADVERTS ATTRACT NAKED DISLIKE
PlayStation 2 computer game, America’s 10 Most Wanted, showed a photo of Osama bin Laden next to the words “Go Get ‘Em”
Elida Faberge hair dye pictured a woman looking inside her bikini bottoms and the words: “Keeps hair colour so long you’ll forget your natural one”
Lastminute.com advert showed a photo of a woman’s breasts sprinkled with sand as she lay in dunes and the words “enjoy every lastminute.com”. Complaint upheld this week by ASA
Vodka poster depicting a semi-naked woman was sited near a Bolton mosque. Muslim leaders said the siting was “insensitive”
Publicity posters for the BBC television programme Babyfather, which showed four naked men standing under a shower with their backs to the camera, were daubed with red paint
|01/30/05 at 08:28:51|
|Re: Get MAAD|
|01/30/05 at 13:37:15|
|Talk about negative dawah... sheesh.. if only we could harness the enthuisiasm of the youth into our organizations...|
[quote] “We encourage people to contact us and make their complaints known, then we can go through the proper channels in getting an advert taken down if it’s offensive. [/quote]
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