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ghwk
01-10-2009, 10:08 PM
Really do we need this on the slopes? Would TJ immediately send these people to the horses butt line?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28518878/


Let’s say your 16-year-old son desperately wanted to buy a snowboard that had a Playboy Playmate from the 1970s emblazoned across it — albeit in a picture without any seriously private parts showing. Would you kill him?

How about if your son was 23 years old? Would you care?

A new line of Burton Snowboards — dubbed the “Love” line — is raising just such questions and sparking a spirited debate among parents and snowboarders across the country. The boards feature retro images of Playboy Playmates that — while certainly leaving little to the imagination — somehow seem innocuous compared with the fare that regularly gets served up these days in “Girls Gone Wild” TV commercials and the spam that clogs our inboxes.

At a snowboard store in Colorado’s Copper Mountain ski area, parents and snowboarders alike squared off on issues of free expression vs. public decency.

“If my 12-year-old or 13-year-old wanted to snowboard and he wanted to buy that board, I would not really be into it,” said Tanya Benyo, a shopper at the store.

A shopper named Bill Putnam viewed the very existence of these snowboards with a sense of humor. “There are things to be concerned about in the world, and this is not one of them,” he said.

Bronx33
01-10-2009, 10:10 PM
They took the wrong approach they needed to market Hustler magazine boards but on another note you would probably see alot of guys standing the trees wacking their puds to their snowboards. :rofl:

watermock
01-10-2009, 10:11 PM
This is futher proof of the End Times.

Miss I.
01-10-2009, 10:13 PM
Okay, well let me ask, are their naked pics of men on snowboards? I just think if you are going to be exploitative, it should be equal opportunity. :)

~Crash~
01-10-2009, 10:14 PM
I would bye it and and high five every friend I had ! nope my sun is a stud I would say ...

theAPAOps5
01-10-2009, 10:15 PM
Do you know how old this story is. It was all over the local media when ski season started. I am actually surprised the national JUST picked up on it. Most the local slopes banned these within the first few days of the ski season.

~Crash~
01-10-2009, 10:17 PM
the pic is on the bottom of the board so I would not worry he would wreck looking at the pic...booners sometimes cause wrecks

Hotwheelz
01-10-2009, 10:24 PM
*gasp*

Naked women! THE HORROR!

Taco John
01-10-2009, 11:02 PM
The real issue is that there's nothing really distinguishable between a Burton and an off brand snowboard anymore, and so all that's left is for Burton to target the stupid rich kids who have more money than brains. The best way to do that is with sex and violence.

Blueflame
01-10-2009, 11:35 PM
Really do we need this on the slopes? Would TJ immediately send these people to the horses butt line?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28518878/


Let’s say your 16-year-old son desperately wanted to buy a snowboard that had a Playboy Playmate from the 1970s emblazoned across it — albeit in a picture without any seriously private parts showing. Would you kill him?

How about if your son was 23 years old? Would you care?

A new line of Burton Snowboards — dubbed the “Love” line — is raising just such questions and sparking a spirited debate among parents and snowboarders across the country. The boards feature retro images of Playboy Playmates that — while certainly leaving little to the imagination — somehow seem innocuous compared with the fare that regularly gets served up these days in “Girls Gone Wild” TV commercials and the spam that clogs our inboxes.

At a snowboard store in Colorado’s Copper Mountain ski area, parents and snowboarders alike squared off on issues of free expression vs. public decency.

“If my 12-year-old or 13-year-old wanted to snowboard and he wanted to buy that board, I would not really be into it,” said Tanya Benyo, a shopper at the store.

A shopper named Bill Putnam viewed the very existence of these snowboards with a sense of humor. “There are things to be concerned about in the world, and this is not one of them,” he said.

OK... I have two 16-year-old sons. If they wanted to spend their own money on a racy snowboard, I'd figure that might be a relatively harmless thing (but I would not buy it for them... and I would be likely to remark that the '70's Playmate was now old LOL). And as for a 23-year-old... well, he'd tell me he's old enough to make his own decisions without parental nagging. In either case, a parent might not approve... but there are definitely more destructive ways they could choose to spend their money.

SureShot
01-11-2009, 01:18 AM
Silly knuckle draggers.

Drek
01-11-2009, 04:33 AM
Okay, well let me ask, are their naked pics of men on snowboards? I just think if you are going to be exploitative, it should be equal opportunity. :)

I've never really seen how playboy/porn/strip clubs and the like are exploitive.

Last I knew no one made people do it. The girls all seem happy enough, what with the smiling, and they certainly get paid well.

Jason in LA
01-11-2009, 07:03 AM
The prudes of the world strike again. I could see their point if these images showed private parts. But they don't. Kids see these images every day. It's not a big deal them.

Now I wouldn't buy my 12 year old son this board, but I'd have no problem with him seeing it on the slopes. Actually, if I saw one on the slopes I'd probably point it out to him and we'd have a good laugh. When he's 18 and he wanted that board he can go and buy it himself. I'd have no problem with it at that point.

People seem too afraid that their kid is seeing certain images. I can understand people not wanting kids watching porn or seen fully nude images in public, but images on those boards aren't bad. If parents would actually talk to their children about sex there wouldn't be so many problems.

The images are out there, and they aren't going away. Because parentss aren't talking to their kids, the kids are getting their information about sex from their friends, who really don't know much more than they do. My Fraternity takes part in a teen health conference each year, where teen-agers can get information about a number of health related topics, including safe sex. After hearing the questions that these kids were asking, I can see why so many teens are having children. Parents aren't talking to their kids. Parents want to act like all these images are going to just go away. They are not. Parents need to talk to their kids about them instead of trying to get rid of them. At the conference we spoke to the kids about the struggles of being a teen-ages parent to steer them away from making a bad choice. We did tell them that abstinence is an option, and that they shouldn't give in to peer pressure, but at the same time we had to explain to them safe sex. It was surprising that a lot of these kids were hearing this information for the first time. That's way more alarming to me then some woman on a snowboard.

Even if they can get these images off the slopes, their kids are still going to see them in numerous other places. Many of their kids are going to seek out these images, and they won't have problems finding them. It's impossible to get rid of all of these images, so parents need to simply talk to their kids instead of acting like prudes. Maybe they'll stop their kids from making a bad decision.

Miss I.
01-11-2009, 07:12 AM
I've never really seen how playboy/porn/strip clubs and the like are exploitive.

Last I knew no one made people do it. The girls all seem happy enough, what with the smiling, and they certainly get paid well.

you do get I was kidding right? I don't care what one has on their snowboard, unless it's a slur or something. And the female body is a beautiful thing, but so is the male one (Michelangelo's David would look really great on a snow board). At any rate, I don't really care, but I suspect these guys are getting great publicity and sales because of this.