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Burk­ina Faso bans big butt con­test

OUA­GADOUGOU — The gov­ern­ment of Burk­ina Faso has banned an an­nual beauty con­test for women with the big­gest but­tocks, say­ing such events are sex­ist.

Ad­verts for this week­end’s third edi­tion of ‘Miss BimBim’, car­ry­ing an im­age of two fully clothed women with ex­ag­ger­at­edly large be­hinds, pro­voked an out­cry on so­cial me­dia.

“Our role is to do ev­ery­thing to avoid dam­ag­ing the im­age of women,” said Min­is­ter Laure Zongo in a state­ment, adding that so­cial me­dia crit­i­cism had per­suaded her to act.

The male or­ga­nizer of the event, Ha­mado Doam­bahe, said it aimed to pro­mote a more pos­i­tive body im­age for African women and en­cour­age fash­ion de­sign­ers to use African cos­tumes.

Con­tests like Miss Bim-bim have been held in other West African coun­tries.

Women’s rights groups have mixed views about the ten­dency in many African cul­tures to cel­e­brate women with larger bod­ies than are typ­i­cally ad­mired else­where.

While they wel­come the shift away from the un­nat­u­rally thin fe­male shapes pro­moted by the global fash­ion in­dus­try, they de­plore the em­pha­sis on men judg­ing women’s body shapes.

The head of Burk­ina Faso’s High Coun­cil for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Nathalie Some, called in a state­ment for peo­ple in ad­ver­tis­ing, the me­dia and the arts to pro­tect the rights of women and girls. — Reuters

TV sta­tion shuts down, asks view­ers to ex­er­cise

LON­DON — One of Bri­tain’s lead­ing broad­cast­ers has blacked out its pro­grams for an hour in hopes of spurring view­ers to get some ex­er­cise.

ITV shut down broad­casts on sev­eral of its chan­nels Satur­day morn­ing as part of its ef­fort to en­tice UK cit­i­zens to sports clubs, which are be­ing opened for free this week­end as part of a na­tional event called “I Am Team GB.”

Many view­ers lauded ITV’S chal­lenge to couch pota­toes, de­scrib­ing on so­cial me­dia the ac­tiv­i­ties they’d been in­spired to do.

Oth­ers, pre­dictably, stuck to their so­fas and poked fun at the ges­ture, de­scrib­ing the blank screens as the best en­ter­tain­ment they’d ever seen on ITV. One viewer said his re­mote-con­trol thumb had a good work­out.

ITV is spon­sor­ing the week­end’s sports-pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties along­side the Na­tional Lot­tery. — AP

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