If you thought advertising clothes for just one, ideal body type was detrimental to people’s self-esteem and constituted body-shaming, then you haven’t heard of the newest incident in China.
A Chinese restaurant has received heavy criticism after it reportedly launched a tasteless campaign offering discounts to women on the basis of their chest size. According to the Quanjiang Evening Post, local residents have started complaining to the council after they saw posters advertising discounts for the Trendy Shrimp restaurant at a mall Hangzhou, the capital and the most populous city in the country’s eastern Zhejiang province.
The restaurant’s adverts featured several women in their underwear lined up according to their bra size, with the slogan: “The whole city is looking for BREASTS”. Discounts were listed depending on the women’s chest size, with greater offers available to women with larger breasts.
One representative complaint accused the restaurant’s posters as “vulgar advertising” and “discriminatory towards women”. The posters, which first appeared on 1 August, have since been removed.
However, general manager of Trendy Shrimp, Lan Shenggang defended their sales strategy. “Once the promotion started, customer numbers rose by about 20%,” he said, adding that “some of the girls we met were very proud – they had nothing to hide”.
“Once the promotion started, customer numbers rose by about 20%,” he said, adding that “some of the girls we met were very proud – they had nothing to hide,” he said.
Addressing concerns over the manner in which the bust size of the female customers was checked, Shenggang assured readers that customers could claim their discounts from the waitresses and not deal with male staff, in order to “avoid embarrassment”, as if the overall situation hasn’t caused enough embarrassment for everyone already.
This is not the first time that a restaurant in this Asian country has offered discounts based on people’s appearance. In January 2015, a restaurant in Henan province rewarded people it considered “good-looking”, a month after a diner in Chongqing gave food at a reduced price to overweight men and thin women.
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