Friday, 4 June 2010

I can see your Cox

After all the chatter on here about gay dating websites and fast-food hook-ups, it's nice to see a straight dating site hitting the headlines for a change. Miami Living magazine (your guide to everything pastel) has found itself in hot water for unwittingly running an ad with 'adult' content.

The new spring/summer issue features a full-page ad for dating service, a relationship site which claims to connect "ambitious and attractive girls with successful and generous benefactors to fulfill their lifestyle needs". A whore by any other name and all that.

They say there's someone out there for everyone, and this site proves that men whose wallets are as bulging as their pants can easily find a willing young trollop to play house with. As long as they're not too concerned about finding their next ex-wife on Dial-A-Sugar-Daddy.

However, it's not the site's core offering that's causing controversy, it's the ad's somewhat creative use of Photoshop. At first glance, it all seems so innocent - two comely young lasses in lingerie, reclining seductively and giving their best 'come hither' glances.

But what's that looming over them? Could that be the shadow of an erect penis? Saints be praised - it IS an erect penis, in glorious silhouette.

Of course, the magazine's editorial team is shocked that they could have let a penis slip into their publication without them realising. Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Pascale told Fox News "This was just now brought to our attention. Miami Living magazine would like to apologise for not noticing the image. We hope that our audience recognises that we were just as surprised as they were to find this out. I myself have looked over the magazine dozens of times..." Hmmmm, I bet she has...

Making matters worse is the fact that the the phantom phallus found its place in what's been dubbed as the 'Cox Issue' thanks to its front-cover feature on ex-Friends star Courtney Cox-Arquette.

I'm sure the advertising team at are slapping themselves on the Hugo Boss-clad back for staging such an amazing coup, even though the ad is somewhat disingenuous. If they really wanted to represent what young women get out of the arrangement, surely they would have Photoshopped in the shadow of a money clip.

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