Swimsuit Issue? What Swimsuit Issue?

 
 

Swimsuit Issue? What Swimsuit Issue?

Some would say the attitude toward media in the United States has taken a decidedly conservative shift. Howard Stern would probably say that. So would Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Abercrombie & Fitch, too. Others. Now, Sports Illustated is giving subscribers the chance to opt out of the annual swimsuit issue. They say it has nothing to do with the chill in the media air.

Maybe Sports Illustrated Ought To Offer Two Swimsuit Editions.

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Well, it would be a good way to find out which subscribers are offended by pictures of half-naked, physically fit young women but have no problem with pictures of half-naked, sweaty, physically fit young men... nttawwt of course

(note: re-added a ernieshenks own bloglink to article, accidently deleted that when posting)

In related prudency news Athens chief fumes at US lewdness claims during the Athens Olympics opening ceremony.

"As Americans surely are aware, there is great hostility in the world today to cultural domination in which a single value system created elsewhere diminishes and degrades local cultures," she said in her commentary.

"In this context, it is astonishingly unwise for an agency of the U.S. government to engage in an investigation that could label a presentation of the Greek origins of civilisation as unfit for television viewing."

The fun part? It is quite possible that all 9 complaints are just a joke. Jeff Jarvis December:

I'm betting that many if not most of them are the fine work of fans of Howard Stern and the First Amendment who have a well-developed sense of comic absurdity and enjoy painting the FCC into a corner

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