Monday 24 October 2016

When skinny mannequins get under the skin

Published 02/08/2015 | 02:30

Like me, you may have hoped the recent 'Beach Body' furore was a once-off. But that was never going to be the case. In that instance, a bunch of dopey women and the eunuchs who support them complained that an ad featuring a model with a great body was an insult to all women everywhere.

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Essentially, a bunch of angry birds decided that their own insecurity was sufficient reason to have an ad banned.

Of course, give these emotionally incontinent pygmies an inch and they'll take a mile and Topshop is the latest high-street store to feel the ire of our new clerical class, which is every bit as prudish and censorious as the priests they have replaced.

Some woman called Laura Berry - and you just know she's the life and soul of every party she attends - saw a skinny mannequin in a Topshop window display (oh, the humanity!) and she immediately started a Facebook campaign to ban them. As you do.

According to her: "I'm calling you out Topshop, on your lack of concern for a generation of extremely body conscious youth."

She insists that she's "old and wise" enough to ignore such images, she is worried about "impressionable teens".Really, you almost have to envy someone whose life is obviously so devoid of anything diverting that they feel compelled to start a one-woman campaign to protect impressionable teenagers from the scourge of skinny mannequins.

The whole story reminds me of Marge Simpson's sage words of advice: "I guess one person can make a difference but it's usually better if they don't."

Maybe she's never seen The Simpsons?

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