Friday, July 8, 2011

0 A Wrong Move to Remove

The Bench Body billboards along EDSA-Guadalupe featuring the Philippine Volcanoes wearing nothing but close-fitting briefs have been taken down by their advertisers. With this, one question remains unintelligibly answered: With so many “revealing” ads sprouting along the thoroughfares of Metro Manila, why only remove the Volcanoes’?

Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos responded stupidly. “Case to case ‘yan eh. Maraming tumatawag at nagrireklamo sa akin. So I have to do something about the problem.”

So sa “dami” ng mga tumatawag sa’yo, mayor, ang ibig mo bang sabihin, lahat sila billboards lang ng Philippine Volcanoes ang inireklamo? I don’t think so! Pangalawa, where do you draw the line between artistic sexiness and sensational obscenity?

Abalos learned about the ads through Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian, who said over Twitter that he found the billboards “very offensive especially to children.” Reports have it that Gatchalian had to cover his nieces’ eyes upon seeing the ads.

People, there is no Philippine law prohibiting outdoor promotions of underwear. Furthermore underwear endorsers—in a normal world—are expected to wear and display the products they endorse. Wala pa akong nakitang underwear ad na balot na balot ang model!

The girls are right. Why is it that the authorities are only mindful about billboards adorned with sexy men when in fact, lots of billboards with similarly near-naked women are also erected across the metro? Is it because those who are seated are insecure omega males?

Related Post: Dogs, Beware of the Vulcans!

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