Wicked Campers to remove 'insensitive slogans'

CRASS DISPLAY: Wicked Campers have been raising eyebrows and inspiring complaints for several years.
CRASS DISPLAY: Wicked Campers have been raising eyebrows and inspiring complaints for several years. Geoff Potter

WICKED Campers have bowed to a petition signed by more than 120,000 and a looming condemnation from the Senate, painting over a slogan that offended a mother and 11-year-old daughter.

Although consistently the subject of criticism for its salacious slogans, the brightly-coloured backpacker favourites came under sharp scrutiny after Paula Orbea published a photo of the rear of a van with the slogan, "In every princess, there's a little slut who wants to try it just once".

The matter of how these slogans are dealt with will be discussed later this month by a Queensland Parliament committee.

Wicked Campers owner John Webb said the company "has taken things out of proportion and out of the realms of what is considered to be socially acceptable".

He said the slogan in question had now been removed.

Wicked Campers supplied an image showing the slogan's replacement.

Wicked Campers owner John Webb is vowing to have all
Wicked Campers owner John Webb is vowing to have all "slogans of an insensitive nature" on his vans altered within six months

He said Wicked was "making a commitment over the coming six months to changing slogans of an insensitive nature".

In a statement, he wrote, "Wicked Campers would also like to commend Paula Orbea for her passion and commitment to the cause - and her openness to actively working with us towards a compromise.

"Again, we apologise for any distress that has been caused to her and her family".

It comes as Greens Senator Larissa Waters had a motion condemning the Wicked Campers slogans passed unanimously in the Senate.

"The Senate is sending a strong message that promoting violence against women is completely unacceptable in Australian society," Ms waters said.

"I'm pleased to hear that Wicked Campers have said they will remove the specific slogan that sparked on online petition signed by more than 120 000 people, and have committed to remove more of what they describe as "insensitive" slogans in coming months.

Ms Waters also congratulation Ms Orbea for standing up for her daughter and Australian women against the offensive slogans.

"Paula has shown that by calling out sexism and misogyny, we can put a stop to it, and change the culture that normalises and condones it," Ms Waters said.

"These sexist slogans promote violence against women, which is sadly a massive problem in Australia.

"One in every three Australian women over the age of 15 have experienced violence and one in every five have experienced sexual violence.

"Most often women know their attacker, with one Australian woman a week killed by her partner or ex-partner.

"Violence against women is certainly no laughing matter - it is a national emergency."
 

Greens to condemn Wicked Campers in the Senate  

GREENS Senator Larissa Waters will today ask Senators to condemn the "sexist, misogynistic and racist slogans" carried on Wicked camper vans.

Ms Waters will outline five of the most offensive slogans used on the back of the vans as part of her call to criticise the rental company.

The Australian Greens have put a motion to the Senate to condemn the sexist, misogynistic and racist slogans that Wicked Campers have on their hire vans.

"We're calling out these demeaning slogans that promote sexual violence against women, which tragically is a massive problem in Australia," Senator Waters said in a statement released ahead of the motion.

"One in every three Australian women over the age of 15 have experienced violence and one in every five have experienced sexual violence.

"Most often women know their attacker, with one Australian woman a week killed by her partner or ex-partner

"It's absolutely appalling that apparently some derive humour out of violence against women.

"There are plenty of ways to be edgy, cool and even kinky without degrading women.

"I call on the Senate to support our motion this afternoon to send a strong signal that promoting violence against women is unacceptable in Australian society."

Her motion is expected this afternoon.

Notice of motion:

15 July 2014

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move -

1.    The Senate notes the litany of sexist, misogynistic, and racist slogans which have been used by Wicked Campers on their hire vans including:

a.    "In every princess, there's a little slut who wants to try it just once";

b.    "Fat chicks are harder to kidnap";

c.    "Save a whale … harpoon a Jap";

d.    "Women are like banks - once you withdraw you lose interest"; and

e.    "A wife: an attachment you screw on the bed to get the housework done". 

2.    The Senate condemns the use of such slogans and calls on Wicked Campers to remove slogans which are sexist, misogynistic, or racist from their vans.  



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