GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A fashion shoot at a Holocaust Memorial.....

Talk about bad taste...
The November issue of easyJet In-flight contained two pictures of models posing at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Field of Stelae.

The memorial is Germany's most prominent monument to the six million Jews killed in the Nazi genocide. The pictures accompanied a feature marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

Denis MacShane, the former Europe Minister and head of the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary anti-Semitism, criticised the airline for allowing the pictures to be published.

“This is further evidence of the banalisation of anti-Semitism and the trivialisation of the genocidal massacre of Jews in the Second World War,” Mr MacShane said.

Stephen Pollard, the editor of the Jewish Chronicle, said: "easyJet appear to have been crass in the extreme".

The Foundation for the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which oversees the Berlin memorial, said that it was not asked for permission and “does not support commercial shoots” at the site.

All copies of the issue were removed from the airline’s planes after it was alerted to existence of the pictures. EasyJet could not confirm a total number. A copy is provided for all the airline's 3.5 million monthly flights, with many re-used.

A spokesman for easyJet accepted that the pictures were “completely inappropriate” but added: “It’s not particularly obvious where they were shot. That’s why it’s taken 20 days for anyone to notice.”

In a statement, the airline said: “easyJet profusely apologises to anyone who may be offended by the inappropriate fashion photo shoot at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin featured in this month’s issue of the in-flight magazine.

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