August 23, 2017

Aussie ‘goddess’ bikini design sparks protests across India

Well it is very colourful, but obviously very upsetting for some.

The latest designer swimsuit collection from Byron Bay fashion label, Lisa Blue, has sparked angry protests across India as local media published photos of the bikini design featuring the image of the goddess Lakshmi.

Demonstrators in Amritsar burned the Australian flag and waved placards on Sunday in protest at the goddess print on a skimpy bikini, that was shown a Australian Fashion Week.

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth and beauty.

Lisa Blue’s creator, Lisa Burke, ended up issuing an apology on Facebook and Twitter. It seems unlikely that a lot of the protesters will have any interest in monitoring social networking websites.

Lisa Burke vowed that “This range will never be available for sale in any stockists or retail outlets anywhere in the world.” and “We apologise to the Hindu community and take this matter very seriously.”

The whole thing has turned politically ugly with the Hindu, Bharatiya Janata Partya party calling for an apology from the Australian government.

And the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism was quoted in the North India Times saying the religion’s deities deserved respect.

“Lakshmi was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not for pushing swimwear in fashion shows for mercantile greed of an apparel company,” president Rajan Zed said.

In response to the continued anger Lisa Burke has kept apologising saying “We would like to offer an apology to anyone we may have offended and advise that the image of Goddess Lakshmi will not appear on any piece of Lisa Blue swimwear for the new season, with a halt put on all production of the new range and pieces shown on the runway from last week removed”.

“Lisa Blue has been born out of a love of conservation, spirituality and a respect for all people. At no time would we ever have intended that the brand would cause offence. The use of images of Goddess Lakshmi was not in any way a measure of calculated risk taking, simply it was a desire to celebrate different cultures and share that through our brand”.

Newswarped thinks that the subtlety of this statement might go right over the heads of most of the outraged protesters.

Meanwhile back in India the Allahabad High Court has issued notices to the Hindustan Times group for publishing the photos that show female models wearing the swimwear depicting the goddess Laxmi.

With all this outrage and unhappiness it is wonder that anyone is getting anything done in India. All that negative energy flowing to little old Australia can’t be good. Still, it is probably preferable to an armada of boat people turning up on Australian shores.

Impressive geographical knowledge from the Indian protesters knowing what the Aussie flag looked like so they could burn it.

Newswarped bets they cheated and Googled it.

We are so offended. That is why we are showing photos of the bikini to the worlds media.

Comments

  1. Respect says:

    Newswarped, your subtle prods at the intelligence of Indian people are insulting, rude, and unprofessional:

    “Newswarped thinks that the subtlety of this statement might go right over the heads of most of the outraged protesters.” “It seems unlikely that a lot of the protesters will have any interest in monitoring social networking websites.” “Impressive geographical knowledge from the Indian protesters knowing what the Aussie flag looked like so they could burn it.
    Newswarped bets they cheated and Googled it.”

    The quotes show your extreme lack of credibility, posting opinions and articles full of grammatical errors on a “professional” news site. Please clean your act up.

  2. the designer must apologize to the protesters.

  3. The designer must have been callous and sufficiently arrogant in the beginning and subsequently when people suggested that their feelings are hurt; expressed is feeling sorry.