Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Just the beginning?

I don't usually get involved in other countries' politics or religious practices on this blog but the happenings in the rest of the world give me cause for concern.
With London residents having recently elected its first practicing Muslim mayor, changes are already being implemented that suggest  sharia law is not far behind. Starting next month, Transport for London will not allow ads that cause pressure to conform to "unrealistic or unhealthy body shape," said London Mayor Sadiq Khan referring to the lingerie ads that are on London transports throughout London.
Ads such as the ones below on buses will disappear.
 








"As the father of two teenage girls, I am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies," Khan said. "It is high time it came to an end."
How long before ads for the theater district that show bare legs, midriffs, uncovered heads and faces are outlawed?


Will advertisements such as this one from Coca-Cola on the Piccadilly Square marquee be deemed the "kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies" according to Khan.

 
Now, Mayor Khan, like most politicians, uses his family and the "child" ploy to try and shame people into going along with his desires. (Happens in the USA all the time from the dog catcher to the President) With all the protests by young people in England, mainly in urban areas, about the BREXIT vote, Londoners could very well be seeing the downfall of their freedoms with their new mayor. Maybe the same young Londoners that are complaining about the BREXIT referendum outcome are the same Londoners that voted this mayor into office probably thinking "look how progressive, or European, this makes us look." Now it could come back to bite them in the a$$.
With advertisements being banned, can the requirement for wearing a burqa be far behind?
As always, make a comment!! Let me know what you think! Until next time, keep on shooting...

2 comments:

  1. It is amazing how many Londoners may support the mayor's lead in banning such advertising of scantily-clad women, but don't give a thought to a small bomb being planted under a burqa!!

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    1. Indeed, Wes. My wife and I were fortunate to make 3 trips across the pond to the UK early in this new century. We entertain thoughts of returning but, to be honest, I am concerned about putting my wife in harm's way. Of course, the same thing could happen here in America as the past few weeks can attest to.

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