Wicked campers get away with offensive messages

NZ Herald 9 March 2016
Family First Comment: Well said. Good stuff – More traction on our campaign. https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/issues/campaign-to-clean-up-wicked-campers/

I was passing through Matamata on Sunday, minding my own business, when I spied a vehicle with a message on it that read: “Life sucks if your girlfriend doesn’t”. That certainly grabbed my attention and alleviated the passenger seat boredom that had gripped me since Taupo.

My first reaction was to see if my 12-year-old had also read it; she hadn’t. My second reaction was to realise I now had firsthand experience of a developing story about the anti-social messages on Wicked Campers’ hire vehicles.

“Fat chicks are harder to kidnap” is the wording on one van while the photograph accompanying the NZ Herald article showed a vehicle bearing the words: “A man would be interested in a womans mind if it bounced gently as she walked”. (The missing apostrophe is the least of the problems with this misogynistic sentence.)

“If you love me you would swallow it”
“Up the bum. No babies!”
“Your thighs won’t touch if my head’s between them”
“A big legged woman aint got no soul”
“RBT: Random Breast Testing”
“I’ve often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can’t get my wife to go swimming”

Last year an open letter from Women’s Refuge asked the company to reconsider the wording on its vans: “Misogyny masquerading as humour is still misogyny! We are concerned for instance that you consider a ‘joke’ about drowning your wife to be amusing.”
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