Nun but the brave!
Italian clothing chain Rosso di Sera is standing its ground over a billboard in Naples featuring a praying bare-breasted nun.
Despite shrieks of “blasphemy”, the company – according to this report – denied it was deliberately intended to offend and that it would only remove the advert if it was forced to do so by a national advertising disciplinary body.
The “blasphemy row” erupted after the billboard was erected ahead of a visit to Naples on March 21 by Pope Francis.
In a statement, a company spokesman said:
We recognise that we have made a strong marketing choice but there was no intent to blaspheme. Trivialising the act of prayer was not the intention in any way.
Considerably less brave is Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer, which announced that it is halting the publication its online magazine, Family Live, in Russia for fear of violating the country’s homophobic law banning the promotion of same-sex relationships.
In a Russian language statement, the Swedish store said:
We understand that some publications in our magazine can be considered as propaganda.
The law passed in 2013 bans the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” to people under the age of 18.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (poster report) and Marcus Robinson