It’s a Weird World
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