Following our conversation of the Hunger Games and how it resembled gladiator games of the Roman Empire, I thought it would be interesting to research female gladiators. I discovered that they did exist, but were rare. They mostly fought each other, and not male gladiators, because of the size and strength difference. Nonetheless, there are plenty of accounts of powerful, strong women gladiators, and that was surprising to me, especially because I thought that women would have been completely banned from that type of thing.
However, I also found an article while researching that was too hilarious not to share:
Gladiator Ad Banned Because Contestants Breasts Are Too Large
I don't know about you, but I laughed out loud at almost every sentence in this article. It seems so ridiculous that it is hard to believe this was written sincerely… I honestly can’t tell if this purposely has irony behind it. First of all, the first paragraph is completely backwards logic – women get discriminated against for being too hot?? That either HAS to be sarcasm, a man just wanting to see this image on a billboard, or someone who is extremely oblivious (keep in mind the author is male). In addition, the network said "it was such a great image" and would be "great for the campaign", when it clearly has nothing to do with the show at all, but is rather is just a picture of a seductively dressed woman with undeniably massive boobs. This means that the network acknowledges the fact that marketing the female body gets great business, and is completely fine with it. Finally, the comment on the church’s opinion of women’s sexuality and God’s judgment of these women just adds another element of absurdity to the entire article. If the author of this article was in fact serious, it is hilarious yet disturbing, in that there actually are people out there that have these thoughts. However, if this is a sarcastic article, are the remarks the author pokes fun at valid and realistic? Could there be people out there that have thoughts like this?
In your opinion, was this author being serious and ignorant, or completely ironic? Do you agree with him? Should this picture have been allowed on a billboard??