Pamela Anderson’s parts
Montreal is known for its generous legal drinking age (18), full-contact lap dances, gay bath houses, 3:00 am last call, and strip clubs across from cathedrals. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that the city refused to give Pamela Anderson a permit to launch her vegetarian ad campaign.
Pamela is a tireless crusader for the tiresome PETA and her new gig is this picture of her in a bikini with the major meat cuts marked out in dotted lines:
I don’t even know where to begin.
Let’s start with a couple of tasty quotes from the PETA website:
Just like humans, animals are made of flesh, blood, and bone and have organs and senses.
[However, unlike humans, animals are not likely to have their flesh liposuctioned, botoxed, pumped full of silicon or airbrushed beyond all recognition.]
Animals also have emotions and unique personalities, feel pain, and create families and relationships with other animals, if given the chance.
[And this photo demonstrates Anderson’s unique personality and capacity to feel pain and create a family and relationships how, exactly?]
Pamela, who is (sadly) Canadian, is appalled by the puritanical response of our city council. According to her US Magazine interview, anyway:
In some parts of the world, women are forced to cover their whole bodies with burqas — is that next?
BURQAS? Really, Pamela? Really? Your permit refusal is at the top of a slippery slope that ends in mandatory, maple-leaf emblazoned BURQAS?
For the record, Montreal is wall-to-wall sleazy billboard advertising. My favourites are the sultry, long-haired models lying strung-out on the ground in tight little dresses. I think they are supposed to make me want to buy new outfits, but my reaction is usually more like, “Oh, look- that poor skank got run over by a bicycle.” But I digress. The city has no intention of limiting the ad campaign, which will probably be plastered all over the place in the next 24 hours. What they have refused is to issue a permit to use municipal property to launch it. Because it is fucking sexist and degrading.
[I suppose calling the strung-out, long-haired, tight-dressed model a skank is fucking sexist and degrading too, isn’t it?]
My blatant hypocrisy aside, there is a point for humanity here, and it goes to Josée Rochefort:
“We, as public officials representing a municipal government, cannot endorse this image of Ms. Anderson,” wrote Josée Rochefort, an official in charge of issuing permits with the city’s television and film office. “It is not so much controversial as it goes against all principles public organizations are fighting for in the everlasting battle of equality between men and women.”
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