Should I Call It Art?


This wasn’t the first time I came across such a billboard. More often than not, these images disturb me. Allow me to explain.

It is an attempt at voyeurism that sometimes ventures on to pornography that much is evident. Exploitation of women in this manner is not only distasteful but largely hypocritical of us too. But am I the only one who thinks that blacking out the private parts suggestively is more disturbing than the actual image itself? This draws unnecessary attention to it and highlights the exploitation for all the wrong reasons. Why have the advertisement up if you’re going to amorphously paint all over it in horrible attempts at censorship? If we as a nation have to censor images in this manner than why have them up for public display in main Saddar in the first place?

17 Comments so far

  1. shaDy (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 3:17 am

    Hmmm.. i suppose it’s just a little overblown and cheap because the average male in karachi has been deprived of contact with females on a basic social level for decades.

    Now the veil is being lifted and they’re getting an overdose of sexuality in the form of cable tv and indian movies, they obviously want to replicate that. They don’t have aesthetics though, and no one can really blame them. It comes with time and exposure.

    The billboard is no big deal. Western countries and even Japan, China and India employ similar tactics to get the attention of men. Just look at any typical hollywood movie and you’re sure to find one or two busty, sexy women with just enough boobies displayed to get people interested.

  2. ash (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 3:45 am

    no no this not new. How old are you kids? this is what karachi movie billboards have looked like since the 1980’s.
    Is it art? well maybe – its also called s@ft p@rn.
    BTW were you as disturbed by the gun? let me guess :)

  3. Imran (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 3:48 am

    I was in europe and I saw billboards of Intimate wear almsot every wehre to attract males and females. I wondered why for all. The answer came its the males wishing to see females in such provacative dresses, thats why its for everyone to see.
    Ok thats fine we have to learn living with it yet with our moderation. But what bothered me here as well pointed out by Bayl is not the pretty posture or her tight dress but that black paint. I mean we have to take a side “let it be there or not be there” what it means to reveal and yet put a black paint over it.
    Its not the first and certainly not the only board. i say get an enlightened moderation or be modest. I am not a female but really getting sick of such horrification of women, it makes me puke when they do it on such settalie hieght watchabel billboards!

  4. wasiq (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 4:26 am

    Wasiq, do you honestly have nothing better to do?

    Posted by: bayl at January 17, 2007 01:40 PM

    ART thou incompleto or incognito…..?

  5. Sufi (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 6:41 am

    that’s vulgar.

    anyone remembers the movie Naked Weapon which was advertised in the local media as Naked Women :|

  6. Inspirex (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 9:42 am

    Sadly thats how local cinema has had its posters for quite a while.
    Anyone seen the lg kg 200 ad on tv? Tell me the only thing it shows next to atif.

  7. UnHolySaint (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 11:02 am

    hmmm… Like Mr. Garrison says “I dont trust anything that bleeds for 7 days in a month and still doesnt die!”

  8. kashif hafeez (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    If we extend our topic little more, I received a letter from my friend more or less on the same issue. He sent that letter also to the President of Pakistan website. Yesterday, I submitted the same letter on Karachi metroblog. I don’t know it will publish or not, but here I am producing here for the interest of readers,

    I appeal to your sense of shame Mr. President!

    On one hand the PEMRA has banned Indian channels in Pakistan on the argument that they spread vulgarity. On the other, it has let loose the Pakistani channels to do whatever they like against the social, cultural and religious norms of our society. Each and every television channel in Pakistan is airing programmes which one cannot watch with his or her family. Many advertisements being shown on these channels are outrageously obscene and vulgar. For instance, a commercial of a low-calcium milk brand showing a man and a woman undressing and then working out in a gym admiring each others’ figure and then the man gazing the woman’s lower back which has a tattoo of the brand’s insignia. Then there is an ad of a cellular phone company showing a newly wed couple at their wedding night opening a gift-wrap of mobile phone presented to them. The bride snatches the gadget from the groom’s hand and then he tries to snatch it from her and then both are struggling, making loud grunts, to get hold of the valuable gift from each others’ hands. Outside their locked room, their family members are shaking their heads in embarrassment because of the sounds coming out of the bedroom. More liberal ads of condoms, sanitary napkins (even a branded talk show), etc are what one has to bear while watching TV at home.

    The law banning television channels to show people smoking cigarettes is being totally ignored in several dramas and soups. In addition to that, scenes with actors and actresses using alcohol, engaging in physical contact compromising morality, rape scenes, and adult rated language have become so common in all the programmes being aired that one cannot single out a particular show or drama for that. Actresses and celebrities at first started wearing sleeveless clothes but now it is not uncommon to watch them exposing their backs and cleavage. I find it hard to believe that last week a leading Pakistani television channel aired a talk show in which people who identified themselves as gays and lesbians were presenting arguments that being homosexual is not against Islamic teachings. That was simply OUTRAGEOUS!

    Where are we heading to? Is this the enlightened moderation you want the country to embrace? I have reasons to believe that our forefathers made a huge mistake sacrificing their lives and properties for a so-called Muslim homeland where Islam would prevail as the law of the land.

    I appeal to your sense of shame Mr. President! Will you not respond?


  9. mansoor (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 11:28 am

    the funniest part about these billboards are the fishnet stockings everyone seems to be wearing… there was a time i used to wonder if they were in fashion or something? before being told by my cousins that it was censorship :P

    never went to see a movie though and glad for it. The latest at Prince Cinema is an interesting one.. got quite a few provocative ladies on it.

    Imran: dear, just visit forum next time ur in karachi :p they’ve got lingerie ads, panaflex posters and flyers everywhere now :P but then.. there you dont really need to look at posters go gawk at lingerie.. you can pretty much gawk at the public…

  10. UZi (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

    This is NOT *art*.. this is.. umm.. this is just plain BLEURGH!!! Oh JESUS! *barfs*

  11. JayJay (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

    It seems not many in Karachi have the honour of visiting a cinema in Peshawar pre-mullahs days. One must have this unique experience, where the patrons were body-searched for cameras/recording materials and a 200 watt bulb hanging from the roof kept the patrons under the light, so to speak, lest they start touching themselves in the dark in the flow of the story. These played cinemas owned by a politician, who relishes being addressed Haji, play everything one could, and could not, imagine.

    Nudity in art is not bad but the poster in the picture is vulgar, not nude, pure and simple.

  12. UZi (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

    Nudity in art is not bad but the poster in the picture is vulgar, not nude, pure and simple.


  13. Imran (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

    This ‘forbidden art’ ( if you have to classify it as art :) is a sad commentary on our society.

    We want it but can’t express our self. The outcome? … crude censorship, which is actually a reflection of our desires.

    If you’ve had enough of this Art, here’s some more ‘de Cinema Karachi’ : )



  14. Imran (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 1:37 am


    You are right :))) never looked so carefully over those billboards due to plenty other things to watch on the ground near Forum:)) My headoffice used to be there.
    My only point is, be on one side be brave to admit or just leave it. As you said putting a net :)) what that means (pervert but frieghtened)
    Florence is full of nudeness, doesnt bother anyone or myself. I am a fan of “David” myself. As I said just take a Clear side. As UZI well mentioned, nudity is an art but there is a difference b/w art and vulgarity.
    Or we really think this stupid huge size does make it an art.. hahahahah.

  15. BoZz (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

    Personally I rather look at a woman (censored or not) than at a bunch of shalwar clad, mustache laden, gun wielding, macho SOB that we have plenty of in this country. The later invokes unbearable pain to my sensitivities – the former tranquility. My choice of art is clear.

  16. ash (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

    lets take bets. How many years will it take for the heroine to lose a few dozen pounds? I think 5 years.

  17. BoZz (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    You do mean to gain not to loose don’t you!

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