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Should Government Block “Fat Shaming”?

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Complaints about EU bureaucrats interfering with every aspect of British life helped spark the recent Brexit vote in the UK. But English officials are even more intrusive – and more ridiculous – at home.

The new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, kept a campaign promise by banning ads on public transit that he called “fat shaming.” The first censored image featured a healthy, athletic young woman in a bikini as part of a dietary supplement ad that asked, “Are you beach body ready?” The new rules now bar any imagery that bureaucrats consider “likely to create body confidence issues, particularly among young people.”

Since professional models generally have better bodies than the rest of us, wouldn’t any images of notably attractive people cause “body confidence issues” in somebody? This is an outrageous, nanny-state invasion of free expression, when the appropriate response to ads you dislike is to avoid buying the product – thereby forcing better ads.

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