Saudi ad censors woman, replaces her with inflatable ball

Published: June 6, 2017
Saudi company under fire for replacing a woman with an inflatable ball. PHOTO: TWITTER

Saudi company under fire for replacing a woman with an inflatable ball. PHOTO: TWITTER

An ad by a Saudi company replacing a woman in a swimming pool with an inflatable ball has caused uproar on social media.

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Posted on Twitter by retail company SACO on their official page, the image features a family lounging in a swimming pool with a glaring difference from the original image – as pointed out by a Twitter user who posted original image – there is an inflatable ball where there’s supposed to be the woman. Other changes include pix-elated faces and blacked-out bodies of the man and two kids.

It did not take long before the stark differences were noticed by the Twitteratis, who had a hard time comprehending it.

One user revealed that it was not an isolated occurrence:

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has strict modesty rules, making it obligatory for women to do hijab or wear abaya when they step outside their homes.

Last year, Saudi police detained a young woman after receiving complaints that she removed her abaya on a main street in the capital Riyadh.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Parvez
    Jun 6, 2017 - 11:42PM

    …………and the add has been approved by Donald Trump.Recommend

  • Fariha
    Jun 7, 2017 - 8:38AM

    Their country, their rulesRecommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Jun 7, 2017 - 8:57AM

    You are talking about illiterate barbarians who have no culture or respect for women. Recommend

  • jibran
    Jun 7, 2017 - 11:20PM

    I spent two years in Saudia. They people really know how to respect women and really very kind to children irrespective of colour and country. Women are not raped in Saudia as they are raped in Western society and India. Recommend

  • Saqib
    Jun 8, 2017 - 8:35AM

    its their business, everyone else should mind their own business…Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 8, 2017 - 5:34PM

    If you were in a far away country and living in a cage would you say the same thing I wonder? Ask those millions of Women who are treated like animals if they agree with you. How about they get a chance to vote in a referendum and let’s see if they pick the Royal family with born right to be rich and right to rule the masses at will.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 8, 2017 - 5:37PM

    If you put all men in jail I bet there won’t be any rape either. Putting restrictions on fellow human isn’t something to be proud of. Imagine yourself living your whole life behind the bars not able to go outside by yourself at will or wearing burka in hot weather which by no means in Islamic btw.Recommend

  • WomenDoItToo
    Jun 9, 2017 - 5:31AM

    Considering how women make up around 30% of rape perpetrators according to the National Crime Victimization Survey I highly doubt that. Recommend

  • Mika
    Jun 9, 2017 - 4:32PM

    Haha. What else do u expect from these sand niggers living 1400 years in the past? Recommend

  • Mehboob Qadeer
    Jun 9, 2017 - 5:20PM

    they just do it because in Islam women should be hide not to be exposed..and this is their country law..Recommend

  • Haris Abbas
    Jun 9, 2017 - 6:17PM

    Saudis are living a purely islamic way and they surely respect women. Situation is no bad as it seems and we are shown a doctored image of the Saudis. Instead of praising that atleast there is one truly islamic country left, my fellow muslims are criticizing the saudis. SHOCKED!!!Recommend

  • ahmad rafiq
    Jun 10, 2017 - 12:13AM

    Since when did we start taking issues with other country’s ads ? Its their law for not showing women in ads and the ad was edited for that purpose.

    What is our problem ? Recommend

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