Monday, 15 November 2010

No Knickers Please, We're Lawyers!

I guess it's not just in England that we seem to be faced with an ever increasing number of prudes.

Take the case of the US law students getting their, errr, knickers in a twist over an advert for underwear, shot on their campus:
In an e-mail to students, faculty and staff, dean Michael Gerber wrote: 'We are as shocked and mortified as you must be by these photographs.

'When the school gave its permission to do the shoot, the school was assured that the photos would be in good taste. They are not.'
Oh, dean, if only you had ready access to people who could draft watertight contracts and stuff.

What do they call those people again?
Brooklyn Law was paid an undisclosed fee by Diesel -- which had hired an ad company for the shoot -- for use of the library during spring break last March, a school spokeswoman said. The school previously has done such deals with TV and movie productions.

"Our understanding was that they were going to be doing a shoot for jeans, not intimates," the spokeswoman said.
And it's not just the staff - it seems some of the budding briefs aren't too happy about seeing pictures of briefs:
First-year student Jordan Hersch, 22, told the New York Post: 'I thought the ad was disgusting, for a law institution to have people in their underwear where we study and work is unbecoming of a law institution.'
Yup, because when you graduate, your fees will be ensuring you leave people with at least the shirts on their backs...
One female student told the New York Post : 'It's gross. I work on those computers every day.'
Sweetie, if your office is anything like the ones I've worked in, that won't be the worst thing those keyboards and monitors have been subjected to. Not by a long chalk!


Anonymous said...

"Sweetie, if your office is anything like the ones I've worked in"

I'm afraid to ask, but ask I shall.. What happened in the offices you worked in Julia M?

microdave said...

But I thought the Yanks wore their pants on the outside anyway?

Woman on a Raft said...

O/T for the files:

Rape Case Dropped, Rabbi Still Feels Tainted
Losing a Pulpit and a Reputation, Even Without a Trial

By Josh Nathan-Kazis
Published September 22, 2010, issue of October 01, 2010.

I don't want to argue that just because he is a religious person he must by that token alone be innocent; abuse happens in religious settings and there are people who qualify precisely to get that level of access.

However, in this case, where is the evidence?

Lynne said...

Some people are so smalls minded. Others not so much.

Mark Wadsworth said...

What a bunch of miserable prudes.

Those Diesel photos feature sexy young lasses (and lads) wearing undies with silly slogans on them in suggestive poses, sort of like seaside postcards come to life.

Diesel 1: Lawyers 0.

Captain Haddock said...

Bunch of bible-bashing plonkers ...

Bill Quango MP said...

Was in Paris recently. Loads and loads of American lawyers, and law students, hanging around the Latin Quarter.
More than normal.

What is going on?

Chuckles said...

If I recall it correctly, they are probably worried that their barristers might drop their briefs and become solicitors?

James Higham said...

People just can't seem to keep privates private these days, can they?

blueknight said...

New twist on the phrase 'take silk'

fewqwer said...

It must be highly damaging to Diesel's ad campaign to have no less than 4 of their 'lurid' pictures splashed all over the Daily Mail ... oh wait!

JuliaM said...

"I'm afraid to ask, but ask I shall.. What happened in the offices you worked in Julia M?"

Let's just say that, after one particularly wild party, I never, ever used the tea urn in the kitchen for the rest of the time I was there.

Or any other tea urn, in any other office kitchen. Kettle for me, from now on!

"However, in this case, where is the evidence?"

In the psychiatrist's imagination?

"Bramly’s attorneys said that the girl, now 17, had been withdrawn from her school after experiencing socialization problems, and that she was undergoing therapy."

Wouldn't be the first time the murky hand of 'therapy' had left fingerprints all over this sort of incident....

" Loads and loads of American lawyers, and law students, hanging around the Latin Quarter.
More than normal."

Very odd!

"New twist on the phrase 'take silk'"

Oh, how I wish I'd said that! Next time, I almost certainly will... ;)

Anonymous said...

I can understand students (or staff for that matter) feeling anger towards the Brooklyn college authorities for authorising such a photo shoot.

Obviously, similar things happen in the 'real world', but few of those events are used as the basis of an advertising campaign. IMO it reflects badly on the college, and some may also believe by implication the students who attend it.

Umbongo said...


Slightly O/T but since Remittance Man appears to have ceased blogging, perhaps you could step in and provide access to similar . . er . . illustrations (a la Diesel) on your site.