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The Ad

Honi soit qui mal y pense!
(Shame to him who thinks evil of it!)

Motto of the Order of the Garter, the
highest of all British orders of knighthood

You Decide

image of Macy's ad for Calvin Klein children's underware, showing two very young boys, one in boxers and one in briefs

The above image was obtained from Calvin Klein Ads: Unofficial Archive.

These children reveal nothing more in their underwear than they would in swimming trunks. Now that Donald Wildmon succeeded in pressuring Calvin Klein to suppress this cute advertisement, will he also propose closing all public swimming pools and beaches?

Of course, Wildmon’s constipated morality has created far more publicity for Calvin Klein (much of it positive) than any amount of money could have bought. And original copies of this ad may soon become valuable collectors’ items.

22 February 1999

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