Saudi Arabian Company Photoshops Woman In Bikini – Turns Her Into A Ball…

Around the world, different places and cultures approach certain things differently. Recently two images opened a major can of worms for companies and Saudi Arabia.

There was an image for an ad campaign which featured a family enjoying some time in a small box pool. In the original photo, it’s a mom and dad with their three children. In the Saudi Arabia version, someone was given free reign and Photoshop to correct the problems even if it looked awful. The new result for Saudi use saw the mother being taken out and replaced by a Winnie the Pooh inflatable. The kids and father have also been given shirts that look beyond unnatural.

People on Twitter went crazy comparing the two images. The pool which is manufactured in California by Intex Corp which specialises in airbeds and pools. This really isn’t the first time this has happened, however, in Saudi Arabia some stores they put tape over any woman featured on product packaging. IKEA in 2012 was forced to apologise for removing all woman from any of their catalogues and promotional material in the Saudi Arabian catalogue.

Many people compared the catalogue to find that every single image that had females in the one was reshot differently to have no females in it at all. IKEA released a statement apologising; “We should have reacted and realised that excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalogue is in conflict with the IKEA Group values.” Another good example is Starbucks.

Starbucks opened in Saudi Arabia but featured a woman on the logo so they had to remove the woman and leave nothing but the crown. As much as people disagree with this Saudia Arabia has always made their views clear and we all have things that go against our culture. While we don’t like that woman are treated like this in Saudi Arabia it’s the way of their culture.

People are very quick to question someone else’s culture but the moment their culture is questioned they become very defensive. We are allowed to disagree with this but it doesn’t mean it’s something that the companies should be blamed for as it’s good that they’re trying to respect their clientele’s beliefs.