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Ikea and self-censorship in Saudi Arabia

 
 
Reply Wed 3 Oct, 2012 11:58 am
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IKEA deletes women from Saudi catalog; draws criticism (+video)
IKEA, the Swedish furniture retailer, is drawing fire for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its catalog, a move that IKEA says it regrets.
Ikea is being criticized for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its furniture catalog, a move the company says it regrets.

Comparing the Swedish and Saudi versions of the catalog, free newspaper Metro on Monday showed that women had been airbrushed out of otherwise identical pictures showcasing the company's home furnishings.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2012/1001/IKEA-deletes-women-from-Saudi-catalog-draws-criticism-video

While Starbucks has removed the woman from its iconic logo:
http://marcelgagne.com/sites/default/files/saudi_starbucks_logo.jpg
Should major corporations kowtow to such repressive societies in order to do business? DISCUSS....
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Reply Wed 3 Oct, 2012 12:21 pm
When in Rome. . .
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 3 Oct, 2012 02:28 pm
@InfraBlue,
If you go to Rome, Italy, I hope you avoid Starbucks...

Hah, I looked it up, ain't no Starbucks in Italy.
http://www.lifeinitaly.com/lifestyle/starbucks-in-italy

On Tsar's question, my heart says leave the women in the catalog or don't see there. (I'm not your best business mind)
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