Racy snowboards featuring naked womens pics spark row in US

January 7th, 2009 - 6:32 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 7 (ANI): Racy snowboards featuring giant pictures of naked women have sparked a row about free speech and sexism between their supporters and opponents in Vermont, US.
The city leaders in Burlington have asked the manufacturers to stop making the range, whose images are taken from 1970s Playboy magazines.
Parents, politicians, and even the state’’s Girl Scouts are protesting against the racy snowboards, reports the Telegraph.
However, their supporters insist that the right of people not to be offended out on the slopes is less important than the constitutional right to free expression.
Burton, one of the Americas biggest snowboard makers, said that the criticism had been “hurtful and out-of-line”.
Several resorts have also barred their staff from using the boards.
The Girl Scout Council of Vermont is considering taking the issue to state legislators next month.
Brittany Wieland, a 16-year-old Girl Scout, told the Boston Globe that resorts should only allow people with offensive boards on to the slopes when children were not around. (ANI)

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