Tuesday, April 19, 2011

RED FACES AT STRAWBERRY FAIR


There have been some red faces, as well as red fruit, in the town of Cassibile [Siracusa Province] where the good citizens are justly proud of their annual strawberry festival.  Preparations for the 2011 festival, to be held over the two weekends 29th April - 1st May and 6th - 8th May, were going well until some publicity posters like the one below, using a woman's cleavage to extol the "beautiful, firm and fragrant" qualities of the fruit, appeared:



Complaints that the posters were degrading to women were immediately made to the town council, whose members agreed to withdraw the offending publicity, but something went wrong and not only did the posters continue to appear, but they appeared bearing the town's logo and sponsorship approval.  When further complaints reached the Mayor he immediately withdrew both and the Province of Siracusa also had its logo removed.

The organisers of the festival say the "cleavage" poster was only meant to be an experiment, however, and that no offence to women was intended.  A more innocent advertisement now adorns the festival website and preparations are once more in full swing.   In the words of John Lennon,  "Nothing to get hung about", then.

8 comments:

Steve said...

I don't consider the poster degrading, but then again, I'm a man. Surely folks see more cleavage on the beach.

Patricia said...

Thanks for the laugh..."beautiful, firm and fragrant"...why not! Only in Italy...

rosaria said...

Glad to know someone is shaming the local men.

Lee said...

Double standards? ;)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Steve. I'm just surprised that anyone thought they could get away with it in this day and age! Hi, Patricia. Yes, "Only in Italy" indeed! I agree, Rosaria. Definitely, Lee!

Rowena... said...

Well this is a first! I practically camp on the web when it comes to looking for sagre e feste, but never ever have I seen a pair of breasts taking up 90% of the page. A pity that we live so far....I'd be delighted to attend this!

RNSANE said...

I think the juicy red strawberries in the current advertisement are just as appealing!!!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Haha, Rowena - a first for Sicily! I am going to try to get there. Hi, Carmen. I agree.

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