Der Spiegel reports that a politicians poster featuring Chancellor Angela Merkel's cleavage is causing a bit of a stir.
A female member of Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union has raised eyebrows with a campaign poster displaying the chancellor's ample cleavage alongside her own. The poster's slogan reads: "We have more to offer."
The poster features a photo of Vera Lengsfeld, 57, in a low-cut dress alongside a famous photo of Merkel displaying cleavage during a visit to the opera in Oslo in April 2008.
Some people commentating on the poster find it humorous, ironic and even showing a certain degree of courage. What it boils down to no matter how you slice it is: vote for me because my boobs are bigger, and last time I checked that criteria only really applies in wet T-shirt contests. Der Spiegel seems to think this might become a trend: "Several regional CDU districts are now considering following suit by using Merkel's cleavage in their own posters. " uh-oh! And judging by the Green Party bare buttocks ad, skin is "in", in political ads down in Germany. Sheesh.
* Note: Can't get a hold of anyone at Reuters regarding republishing the photo, don't much fancy plain 'nicking' it when Spiegel always treated us right, so that's why there is none.