What do you see when you look at this picture from the Armani Junior advertising campaign? Personally, I see two little girls enjoying the sunshine. One’s wearing a bikini top, but hey, lots of little girls wear bikini tops like that in the summer. They’re apparently wearing makeup, too, but I don’t really see it, and if they are – so what? Who didn’t try on their mother’s makeup when they were a kid? (Well, other than boys, anyway…)
So, that’s what I see. Some people, though, see two very sexual little beings when they look at this picture. Those people are from the Institute for the Defense of Children in Spain, and they’re demanding that Armani remove the images because they “promote sexual tourism”. Uh huh.
Now, call me mad, crazy, whatever you like, but I think it’s the Institute for the Defense of Children that have the problem here. I think you have to be just a little bit twisted to look at what is a fairly innocent photo of two kids having fun, and see something sexual in it. It wouldn’t have even occurred to me to see something sexual in these two kids – maybe that’s just me, though.
Where will this endless paranoia end, I wonder? Is the day coming when children will no longer be able to wear swimsuits in summer, because, hey, some people may think they look “too sexual” in them? Will we soon be shrouding our children head to toe in black burkhas to save them from paedophile’s evil eyes? Or maybe, just maybe, will we see sense and let kids be kids while they still can?