Obscene Coffee

A couple of years ago there was a major storm in the US media after Janet Jackson’s nipple was seen at the Superbowl halftime show. This was a reminder of the puritanical streak that runs deep in America ever seen since the Pilgrims landed in the seventeenth century. Any hint of nudity or bad language is strictly controlled on network TV, although the same limitations do not apply to cable channels as can be seen and heard on shows such as Dexter.

This week there was a story that further illustrated, what to European sensibilities, seems a totally bizarre fear of the human form. A church group in California is calling for a boycott of Starbucks because of the image that is appearing on their cups to promote their new regular coffee brew. What I found especially intriguing is the quote “has a naked woman on it with her legs spread like a prostitute”. The picture is clearly of a mermaid, so I am not sure what sort of dirty mind sees the fish tails as sexually provocative.

Published in: on 17 May, 2008 at 9:18  Comments (1)  

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  1. So what are folks to do – say, I am so offended by this logo, I am going to write to my representative to sponsor a Starbucks ban!

    It is sad when a perfectly normal picture causes freaks to cry foul. These groups are the fringe, certainly not the norm, but exert far too much influence on public thought.

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