Less than a dozen years after London’s transit was bombed by Muslim terrorists — an attack which left 52 dead and over 700 injured — the people of London elected a Muslim as mayor of their city. The election took place in May, and while Sadiq Khan promised he had a plan to defeat the extremists and radicals, one of his first orders of business is now raising eyebrows.
Instead of going after the radical Islamic extremists as promised, Khan is going after scantily clad women on subway and transit bus advertisements.
The advertisements, which often use bikini-wearing models, supposedly cause other less fortunate women to experience body shame, demeans women and causes them to have unrealistic expectations of themselves. The Transport for London advertising ban will affect 12,000 ads per year and will also include a ban on “body shaming” advertising at bus stops as well.
As a presumed result of Khan’s inability to separate his religion from his politics, London’s mayor said he made the change after 70,000 signatures of individuals objected to Protein World’s advertisement of a bikini-dressed model promoting the company’s health supplement. The ad was displayed on London’s transit system and a protest was organized and supposedly forced Khan to take action.
According to the United Kingdom’s The Standard, Khan said, “As the father of two teenage girls, I am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies. It is high time it came to an end.”
The Muslim mayor added, “Nobody should feel pressurised, while they travel on the Tube or bus, into unrealistic expectations surrounding their bodies and I want to send a clear message to the advertising industry about this.”
Londoners on social media aren’t amused by Khan’s actions.
Rob Dunhill wrote, “So it’s started lock up the women and put them in burkas as its the Muslim way. It was only a matter of time really.”
And General Veers replied, “The ‘body shaming’ issue really sends Muslims into overdrive. It must be because the women are jealous of English women being able to walk around without a binbag or a towel on their head. Muslim women hate seeing a European beauty like the one on the poster, putting them to shame. Sadiq dresses this up as a solution to ‘body image issues’, but in reality it has everything to do with his Muslim faith and sensibilities.”
One respondent named Matt seemed to marvel at the logic of offense and the loss of liberty. He wrote, “So picture of women are now offensive. So by that logic, pictures of men in their underwear (David Beckham) are also offensive. Maybe we should ban them to. But I am loosing (sic) my hair. Picture of men with full heads of hair make me uncomfortable. We should ban them too. Fat people make we uncomfortable as well. We should ban them too. Ban everything. Let’s start from that point of view. Oh. Hang on. What happened to free speech and liberty? Goodbye. I shall miss you.”
h/t: Washington Post