Comedienne Jenny Eclair is gearing up for her “How to be a Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane)” tour, but the promotional activity has hit a bit of a stumbling block. According to the stand-up comic, her tour poster might be banned.
Eclair revealed on Twitter that the poster is “under review” for “nudity,” and made an excellent point about double standards in advertising.
Rumblings my poster advertising only London tour date might be banned due to 'nudity' – ahem compare and contrast – pic.twitter.com/E51ji6CqyS
— Jenny Eclair (@jennyeclair) January 26, 2016
Ah, yes — last year’s controversial “Beach Body Ready” poster from Protein World, which was plastered all over the London Underground.
Feminists all over the U.K. were up in arms — and rightly so — about the insinuation that in order to be fit to grace the beach you had to have a figure like the model on the poster.
Clearly, the Protein World poster had no problem being approved by advertising standards (it was eventually removed, but only after a huge amount of public pressure). But Eclair certainly isn’t any more naked than the professional model in her bikini. So what’s the difference between the two ads?
The figure of a 25-year-old swimwear model, that’s what.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one — if Eclair’s poster isn’t adorning the walls of London tube stations pronto, lots of people will have plenty to say about that.