Thursday, December 12, 2013

"Sexy" Ryanair calendar ads banned in Spain

Via The Telegraph
European discount airline Ryanair is not known for treating its cabin crews with respect. They have a bad habit of sexualizing female flight attendants, despite the fact that their jobs put them in constant danger of unwanted sexual attention and even assault.

One of Ryanair's biggest promotions is an annual charity calendar that features flight attendants in bikinis, some of them topless. As if sexual objectification of employees for a cause makes it all OK.

Spain, at least, has had enough. According to The Telegraph, a Spanish judge banned last year's ads for the calendar from running in that country because they "treated the women as objects and were discriminatory".

As they face a new calendar season, Ryanair says they will appeal the decision. They defend themselves saying that the charity calendar raised over 100,000 euros "to help sick children in Poland." (The 2014 one benefits Teenage Cancer Trust.)

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's CEO, recently stepped aside as the face of the business, after attracting a PR shitstorm for publicly sexually harassing a woman on Twitter.

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