Italian clothing chain sparks row with burqa ad

Islamist Watch 19 September 2013

An ad campaign by the Italian clothing chain, Diesel, featuring a tattooed woman wearing a burqa alongside the slogan, "I am not what I appear to be" has sparked an online storm.

The poster for the ad, which shows the woman appearing to be naked under a demin burqa, has provoked outbursts on Twitter and Facebook after Shruti Parekh of MTV Desi, a digital platform aimed at people of South Asian origin in the United States, expressed dismay at seeing the ad emblazoned on a billboard in New York.

"Putting a white, non-Muslim woman in a burqa in our current global context is one level of disrespect, but making her topless takes it to a level that is hard for me to comprehend," she said in a posting on Mtvdesi.com. (continue reading...)