Friday, April 23, 2010

ABC and FOX vs. Lane Bryant / Insensitive Censorship?

This morning, RetailWire discussed the double standard imposed by FOX and ABC in their decision to restrict retailer Lane Bryant from airing suggestive ads featuring overweight women.

It is discriminatory to exclude overweight people from the mainstream - especially as proportionately (no pun intended) they represent the majority of Americans at the moment. I'm not talking about glorifying ill health or irresponsible self-care, but this is the same media that has glorified ill health and irresponsible self-care by promoting the other end of the spectrum, the very thin - fueling the trend of eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia which now affect not only our girls, but the boys as well.

We live in a land that touts free speech to the rest of the world, I would think denying the placement of these ads would be not only hypocritical but also unconstitutional.


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