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Getting Tongue-In-Cheek With Booth Babes

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What do you get when you mix a bad PR stunt, booth babes, pixelpoet, and twitter? Hilarity.

Well, as many of you may have seen in the gaming news on Friday, as part of a publicity stunt for their upcoming game, Dante's Inferno, EA decided to run an ad campaign around the sin of Lust to go with the San Diego Comic Con that went a little sour. They tried to encourage patrons of the SDCC to take "lustful" pictures with their booth babes, or other booth babes, at the convention and then post them to the team's twitter page. The contest had the grand prize of one person winning a 'lustful' evening with two of EA's booth babes. Needless to say, the contest was not received very well by people who saw this as encouraging people to harass booth babes and/or as objectifying women.

The timing of this PR stunt is pretty sad considering not a week ago here in the Bay Area EA help put on a panel with GLAAD about homophobia in online communities and now one of their development studios basically decides to put on something like this. Luckily I take these things in stride and see what humor I can extract from them, and what boundaries I can push. With that I signed up for a PixelPoetGG twitter account (feel free to follow me) and decided to enter in the contest with some of my own pictures of my favorite booth bear and I. Pretty sure those is not what the danteteam had in mind for their contest, but I was willing to play along if they were.

Turns out that they are willing to play along and tweeted this morning about me in their feed, saying that I need to follow them in order to be entered. So I've done that and we'll see just how far down this rabbit hole goes (probably all the way to Hades). If I do win the prize, I'll make sure to take the ladies out to a nice gay bar and dance the night away, and be sure to blog all about it. If you want to see what other people submitted or said about this stunt on twitter, just do a twitter search for #lust (or follow this link).

EA puts sexual bounty on the heads of its own booth babes [Ars Technica]

3 Comments

LilMikeNYC said:

I, for one, would very much like to take a series of lustful photographs with the Undergear model leering at me from the left side of your article.

That having been said, I think this contest would have been fine IF and ONLY IF it had been limited to the booth babes at their particular booth, and said babes had been informed about the contest prior to being hired and agreed to participate within certain predetermined limits.

To set people loose on the entire event trying to take lustful pictures with people who are at work doing their jobs and thus limited in their ability to smack people in the face and/or mace them, is highly irresponsible and constitutes harrassment.

I hope you and your tramp stamp walk away with the prize and are able to use it as a teaching moment (thank you, Mr. President) and a chance to free these babes from a night of being pawed at. Good luck to you, Mr. Poet!

SuperSaiyanSamueru said:

frankly if a girl gets a job where she is gonna be surrounded by mostly men whilst wearing a sexy outfit and expects NOT to be hassled has made a bad job decision.

As for objectifying woment... if those particular women didnt want to be objectified (regardless of this particular stunt) then they wouldnt have taken the job.

I am up for equal rights and such and part of that is personal choice. Women can make the choice to be part of these things (or not) and its not for anyone else to judge. If a girl gets her tits out then she should be ready for people to oggle.

Miya said:

Samueru, that is stupid.

No, a woman in sexy clothes that expects to not be hassled is right. The hasslers are still in the wrong. Your argument gets used against all women not in burkas, btw, did you know that? Classic victim blaming tactic in any sexual harassment/rape case.

On top of this, you didn't seem to think before posting at all. You may not know, but in real life, females actually attend cons, and are often mistaken for booth babes. Oops.

Care to see the problem? Probably not, but then, your unenlightened comment shows why.

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