French Online Retailer Features Naked Man In Ad For Children’s T-Shirts

A French fashion chain is at the center of a scandal today over a seemingly innocuous photo of happy children in an online ad. The retailer–La Redoute–used the above image of four smiling kids to sell these “short sleeved boys’ shirts.” Problem is, the ad features a totally naked man lurking in the background, penis visible and all (a lurking penis man, if you will). Here’s what it looked like on the web:

Although seemingly every time we post about nudity and children, we’re subjected to endless comments lambasting “PC Americans” and explaining how the French wouldn’t bat an eye at this and then they misuse Puritanical a bunch, etc (patati patata?)… the French Twittersphere has indeed erupted in outrage over the image (“SCANDALE!”). In response, La Redoute has removed the image entirely (replacing it with generic product shots) and issued a full apology on Facebook.

We’d say the image is more bizarre than offensive, but we can all probably agree that a serious lack of judgment was at play.

(StyleList UK)

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    • CW

      They don’t have Photoshop in France?????

    • emily

      i cannot be the only person who finds this infinitely hilarious. my guess is that either the staff photographer or staff retoucher was fired? this is a revenge blooper if i ever saw one.

    • Kate

      I am also of the belief that this is hillarious.

    • Nathalia

      Haha, I also think that the retoucher dated the photographer, or the final editor dated the retoucher and got dumped in a bad way and this was their way of paying back.