Saturday, October 20, 2007

Italy Bans "No Anorexia" Ad Campaign:

Ads Call Attention to Anorexia

by Mondoreb & Little Baby Ginn

Italy has banned the "No Anorexia" ad campaign because it called attention to anorexia? From the BBC:
Italy's advertising watchdog has banned an ad campaign for a fashion label showing a naked anorexic woman, saying it breached its code of conduct.

The image "commercially exploited" the illness, the advertising body said.

The image, bearing the words "No Anorexia", was first displayed during Milan Fashion Week in September.
At first, one might wonder, how does one campaign against an illness if it can't be named? But then it's realized that Italy's authorities thought it smacked of exploitation. Free speech arguments are another matter. Although Italians live in a democracy, they do not have American constitutional 1st Amendment safeguards.

It's enough to spark a hunger strike.


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