A&F Manager Arrested on Obscenity Charges for Displaying Ads

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  1. jason_els

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    What the hell is wrong with people in Virginia Beach? Does nobody down there read Supreme Court decisions or case law before deciding who to arrest? It's unconstitutional.

    The two posters in question are found here at the A&F photo gallery. The first photograph in the gallery of the male models walking in a meadow is one of the posters. The other is of the nude woman viewed from the side covering her breast with her arm. Apparently people complained about these.

     
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    Wasn't the reason that the Quarterly was stopped because of some obscenity charge against the company itself?
     
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    Yes.

     
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    I think it was stopped because of the infamous penis pick that was sent to a bunch of minors :) I still have that one :)

    As for Virginia Beach...all of Virginia is like that. I am told it has something to do with the Commonwealth vs. state status. Whatever it is, VA is a messed up place to live! Written laws don't have much weight when so many people are illiterate! There was an actual petition here to remove Abercrombie from the mall because of pictures.
     
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    Really? How'd I miss THAT? I mean, I have all of them since issue #1 (which a friend told me is worth quite a bit on eBay--who knew?).

    Well, in a country founded by Puritans, people so uptight, that they make our concept of Victorians, look like debaucherous whores, America, in general, is WAY too freaked out about the body, in and of itself, let alone sex. We have no problem poking fun at chadors and burkhas, yet the idea of seeing a tit, sends us into a tizzy, as if we're SO much more evolved. It's ridiculous that we spend so much time trying to see a tit, then when one is put in front of us, we're all so offended. :rolleyes: My fav is when the trot out, "but the CHILDREN". As if anyone over the age of 2, but under the age of 18, is going to turn into some deranged monster, for seeing a glimpse of "boobie". :rolleyes:
     
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    Look I don't like A&F but this is a bit ridiculous. Who gets to judge what is and what isn't obscenity?
     
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    Who? In the absence of public outcry and silent tolerance of more of the same, THEY do. Those who know what's best for us. The police of thought.
     
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    I'm confused. I saw nothing obscene in this slideshow.
     
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    Are you kidding??? They ALMOST showed a NIPPLE!!! :eek::eek::eek:

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Oops, my bad. Guess they can't even call this a wardrobe malfunction since it was taken deliberately. :rolleyes::tongue:

    A nipple! Run, run for your lives!
     
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    Exactly!!! Boobies are delicious, oh, I, I, mean, evil. Yeah, they're evil, bad things, that can only bring the downfall of any decent society. Shame on you! :rolleyes:
     
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    Novice, show us your boobies and we'll decide if we should cuff you. Uh I mean arrest you.
     
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    And risk the inhabitants of Virginia Beach circling with pitchforks to oust me??? :tongue:
     
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    I saw nothing wrong with the images. Nothing offensive.
     
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    I realize you are probably saving your nipples for marriage. I just felt horny and was being cheap and dirty.
     
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    People need lives is what I think. It would be one thing to complain if they actually were showing breasts. But it's another when they aren't. Someone has a personal beef with A&F.
     
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    If I was inbred and narrow-minded, I'd think pictures of people without 3 toes and 8 nipples was pretty obscene, too. :eek:
     
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    We're talking about Virginia here...not the US, which could drop the whole state without even noticing a change in the national GDP...Let them act locally and have their way...if that's really how those people want to live there.

    Those sorry folks do not represent the whole US population. A&F is, after all, marketed as "All American" itself.
     
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    I think it's the majority that decides what's majorily offensive. But I can't see many people getting up in arms about a bunch of topless men..
     
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    No, I agree, it was strictly a local event. However, I do stick to the idea that Americans, broadly speaking, are uptight about the body and sex.

    Those catalogues aren't seen as having healthy, young, free-spirited chums, romping around, and basking in the bucolic splendor of Greater America, in traditionally inspired, faux-vintage threads. They're seen as "racy", sex catalogues, that people can't wait to get a hold of, to see how far they go THIS time. They're titillating because they show skin, and the Gap doesn't. A&F knows this, so they keep showing more and more, and masterfully push our buttons visually, and otherwise, getting us to buy into the fantasy of the possibility of finding ourselves with our friendly and inviting eye candy, in impossibly "innocent", sexually suggestive, situations. :tongue: "I could have hot friends like that, and we could all go play touch-football, with the boys bare-chested, and the girls in bikini tops, and all of us with our pants unzipped, our underwear peeking out, because we're all so free, and ending in a writhing pile of us, where we all just laugh and laugh, and can't believe we're all such great, beautiful friends." :rolleyes:
     
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