By Igor Volsky
An Australian camping company has come under fire for painting insulting, misogynistic, and racist slogans on its fleet of vans.
Wicked Campervans, a budget travel option marketed toward tourists looking to explore Australia on the cheap, boasts brightly colored vans outfitted with loud graffiti artwork. Its slogans are far less, cheerful, however:
“In every princess, there’s a little slut who wants to try it just once”
“A wife: an attachment you screw on the bed to get the housework done”
“Fat girls are harder to kidnap”
“To all virgins: Thanks for nothing”
‘A blowjob is a great last minute gift!’
‘I wouldn’t trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn’t die!’
‘Save the whales, harpoon a Jap”
Paula Orbea, a Sydney high school teacher, became horrified when her 11-year-old daughter came home from a trip and started quoting the messages painted on the vans. She kicked off a Change.org petition calling on company founder John Webb to “[e]liminate misogynistic and degrading slogans and imagery,” a push that has attracted more than 18,000 supporters.
“My daughter was upset by this because she felt, as a girl, that the slogan was referring to her and it made her fear being perceived that way – especially by someone she may cross paths with who may agree with that perspective,” the petition states. ” Slogans such as this ring too familiar to real life atrocities, such as the recent discovery of Rolf Harris’s sexual assaults; enacting on a girl as young as eight.”
Two other petitions have called on the company to remove offensive slogans such as ‘Kill the Poor‘ and stickers advising motorists to run over kangaroos. In 2011, the company announced that “Following a week of intense protesting from Animal Rights Activists around the world, we have decided to remove the controversial ‘Kangaroo’ stickers from our fleet of vans.”
The owner of the 'Serbian Crown' restaurant is taking Google to court. The eatery suffered a 75 percent drop in customers over weekends in early 2012, and for a long time, owner Rene Bertagna could not understand what was going on. Then, a regular diner mentioned Google Places had listed Serbian Crown as closed on weekends and Mondays.
Because of this incorrect listing, Bertagna's business suffered so much he had to lay off the staff and eventually close shop completely by April 2013, about a year after the incorrect Google Places listing went up. Serbian Crown, like most restaurants, was busiest on weekends. Located in a wealthy suburb and known for selling exotic meats (even lion) it had been successful for forty years.
After the incorrect Google Places information was discovered, the owner hired an Internet consultant to adjust and take control of the listing, however the damage had already been done. Bertagna is claiming that he never used Google Maps, or even the Internet, so he did not make the initial change to the restaurant's hours. His lawsuit puts the blame solely on Google for allowing the listing to be "sabotaged" and not acting swiftly or strongly enough to undo the damage.
With Google Local pages, anyone with a Google Plus account can submit a change, even if it is unverified. Changes include the business' website, address, phone number, name, and, of course, hours of operation. Changes are submitted for review before they are posted, however, this does not prevent inappropriate changes in all cases.
It is unlikely this lawsuit will have an impact on Google. Google's lawyers have already moved to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming "the Serbian Crown should not be permitted to vex Google or this court with such meritless claims."
This came out in February and apparently caused such an uproar with custys, Air New Zealand pulled it. Sadly, some of it is fun - if they hadn't jumped into bed with Sports Illustrated and toursim company and made a deal to promote models, they could have had a clever in flight safety video with an island vacation theme that wouldn't have pissed off all the families! Replace the models with animals and it would have been a huge success. ( I happen to like how they did the video with the models, but I can understand why an overwhelmingly large number of custys hated it)
From Youtube: February 12, 2014: Supermodels Christie Brinkley, Jessica Gomes, Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis and Ariel Meredith appear in this new Air New Zealand in-flight safety video, as part of a partnership between the airline, 'Sports Illustrated' and the Cook Island Tourism Board.