An Australian vacation travel company, specializing in renting budget camper vans for touring the outback, has come under fire for colorful graffiti slogans painted on their vans using sexist, racist, and misogynistic language.
Wicked Campervans is the subject of a change.org petition asking the owner to “eliminate misogynistic and degrading slogans and imagery,” from his vehicles, such as, “A wife: an attachment you screw on the bed to get the housework done,” according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Paula Orbea, a Sydney high school teacher, was driving with her 11-year-old daughter when they spotted one of vans with the slogan: “In every princess, there’s a little slut who wants to try it just once,” painted on the back panel.
Orbea was horrified.
In the petition she drafted, she wrote, “My daughter was upset by this because she felt, as a girl, that the slogan was referring to her and it made her fear being perceived that way – especially by someone she may cross paths with who may agree with that perspective,” the petition states. ” Slogans such as this ring too familiar to real life atrocities, such as the recent discovery of Rolf Harris’s sexual assaults; enacting on a girl as young as eight.”
Vehicles owned by Wicked Campervans currently sport other offensive slogans including, ‘Fat girls are harder to kidnap,’ ‘A blowjob is a great last minute gift!,’ ‘I wouldn’t trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn’t die!, ‘ and ‘Save the whales, harpoon a Jap.’
John Webb, founder of Wicked Campers, previously came under fire for stickers on his vans advising drivers to run over kangaroos.
In 2011 the company bowed to public pressure and removed the stickers.
Tom Boggioni is based in the quaint seaside community of Pacific Beach in less quaint San Diego. He writes about politics, media, culture, and other annoyances. Mostly he spends his days at the beach gazing at the horizon waiting for the end of the world, or the sun to go down. Whichever comes first.
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