A French fashion shoot for children’s clothes has drawn controversy after closer inspection revealed a naked man lurking in the background.
The Telegraph reports that La Redoute, one of France’s largest mail-order fashion retailers, published the advertisement online showing children modelling the label’s clothes on a beach.
However, the company seemingly failed to realise that a very naked man was also wading in the sea behind the kids.
Check it below (warning: tiny naked man):
To make things a little more embarrassing for the company, it even reportedly provided customers with an online magnifying glass to better view the beachwear (and, of course, the friendly nudist).
Unsurprisingly, the blunder has created a little bit of a buzz on the Internet with several Photoshopped variations of the image sprouting up. So far the naked man has appeared with the cast of South Park, in a mural of the French Revolution and watching the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. You can view more of the memes here >
The company did move swiftly to remove the image from its website. A statement on its Facebook page read:
“La Redoute apologizes for the photo on its website and is doing what’s necessary to delete it…
We will strengthen our validation process so that such a mistake will not happen again in the future.”
Of course, all publicity is good publicity. The BBC notes that some commenters on the company’s Facebook page have remarked that this mishap is actually rather helpful for the company. Could it have been staged?
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