Advertising in London is sexy and free as is the tendency in modern society. But that’s about to change in London, where the city’s first Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan has banned “sexy women” in advertising.
Khan announced on Monday that “body shaming” ads will no longer be permitted in London’s public transportation systems. “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. It is high time it came to an end.”
Khan says he wants to send a “clear message” to the ad industry regarding its focus on “unrealistic expectations” and non-average bodies. “No one’s confidence or body image should be undermined by ads on our transport system,” he tweeted. Mayor Kahn remains unclear on which particular ads will be banned.
Meanwhile, Muslims in Birmingham are running around covering up ads featuring scantily clad women (see image above). Will Kahn’s mayoral decree be a slippery slope towards censorship? This attack on advertising may be aimed to eliminate “body-shaming,” but the significance of his actions runs far deeper.
I’m sure it’s shocking to see women in lingerie when you were raised in a culture that forces women to cover themselves, but that’s no excuse to censor London’s advertising. “Can you imagine this happening in New York City?” asks Rush Limbaugh in response to Mayor Khan’s announcement. “No more beautiful women. No more scantily clad. You gotta be average, frumpy, or whatever or you don’t get to appear.”
Limbaugh rightly suggested that such a ban would quickly infiltrate magazines and other forms of advertising. “If it’s body shaming, we gotta protect people from feeling embarrassed about themselves,” he added.
Limbaugh is one of few who realizes just how big this story is. “This Orlando thing is covering everything up,” he said on Tuesday. “But I’m telling you, that is huge, in terms of what it portends and what it shows and what there is to learn from it. And the people that ought to be worried about that are some of the most radical partiers and leftists that publish magazines and entertainment websites and TV networks, people that make their living off of stigmatizing and exhibiting beautiful women had better be taking notice. They are targets – and it’s not Christians doing it, and it’s not conservatives doing it.”
This is just the beginning.