In Sweden procuring and buying sex is illegal. But when in other countries the liquor company Vin & Sprit, owned by the Swedish government, follows a different set of standards. In the promotion of Absolut Vodka in Germany they use a big ad with a red lipstick lip print and the words Absolut Herbertstrasse. The street Herbertstrasse in Hamburg is a symbol of German prostitution. This kind of hypocrisy makes me laugh, but I'm not sure if Vin & Sprit understands what's so funny, so to make it a little easier for them I made this ad, adjusted to Swedish conditions. Malmskillnadsgatan is the traditional hooker street in Stockholm, and I think a used condom is a more appropriate symbol to use if you want to make a connection to prostitution, than a soft red lip print. I'm Absolutely sure the company would never ever use an ad like this in Sweden. But really, why should it be ok to buy German women if it's not ok to buy Swedish women? I don't believe in "the happy whore", not even if she's German.
The original ad can be seen on this picture by mparthesius.
UPDATE: Today Vin & Sprit announced that the German ad-campaign has been withdrawn since, as they claim, it has been misinterpreted. This is good, and I hope they have learned something. The sad thing though is that they apparently considered prostitution a positive thing as long as they thought it could help them make money, and only changed their minds when the publicity turned out to be negative. So it seems to me that they still think it's ok to be sexist (and why not racist or whatever) as long as they can profit from it.
Remember this fiasco?
The boycott of Danish and Norwegian products in Carrefour, Doha City Centre Mall.
Extremism at its extreme. A French company boycotting European goods.
Did you see the US boycotting Saudi products after 9/11?
Did you see the UK boycotting Pakistani products after 7/7?
Don't think so.
There are two sorts of hypocrites; ones that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; and the others; those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevation; which often cry down works, and men's own righteousness, and talk much of free grace; but at the same time make righteousness of their discoveries, and of their humiliation, and exalt themselves to heaven with them.
If we divine a discrepancy between a man's words and his character, the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful; he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity, and even the good in him is hardly accepted.
What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.
Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.
No habit or quality is more easily acquired than hypocrisy, nor any thing sooner learned than to deny the sentiments of our hearts and the principle we act from: but the seeds of every passion are innate to us, and nobody comes into the world without them.