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APPALLED WITH TWO P'S
On my way home from work yesterday, I stopped at the store to buy Frosted Flakes and mail my write-in ballot, and while I was there I grabbed a cucumber and some watermelon, and a carton of milk and then I saw a Pettson & Findus children's magazine with a free Findus mousepad on it, so I took 2 of those, and why is it I can't just go in a store and buy the one thing I stopped there to get? And to top things off, I found the most unbelievably sexist crap in the candy aisle, you're not even going to believe this.

I still can't decide whether I'm amused or appalled or both, and if both, to what degree.

Sillykoner

This is the illustration on the front of a bag of gummi candies shaped like breasts. It's marketed by a company called BonBon from Denmark, the ones that apparently run BonBonLand, but I couldn't find much information about this particular candy on their website, although they claim to manufacture "the funniest candy in the world."

Uh huh. Funny.

Very funny.

A bag of tit-shaped candy called Sillykoner (ho ho, get it? Silicon!) with pieces individually, or rather pairedly, named melons, onions, missiles, and balloons, as well as, for whatever weird reason, one shaped like a nose. HAW HAW! Stop! You're killing me!

Strange that there were no bags of PENIS-SHAPED candy. Now, THAT would have been funny!

Apparently, I AM still American where it counts, because appalled is winning.

I am not amused.

(Sillykoner package front, Sillykoner package back)

Really Great Writing Out There Right Now: Attack of the Pink Carnations

Interesting Linguistics Quiz: The 34 Languages of McDonalds

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mood: angry
music: Mark Knopfler—Boom, Like That


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What the hell is that?! I'm with you, appalled wins out. Hardy-har-har. And maybe I'm just dumb, but what's with the nose anyhow? I don't get it.

A nose???? Personally I don't find anything amusing with sexist marketing like this, but if we can buy candy boobs, we need candy penises too. *laugh*

On the back of the bag there is a pic of all of the shapes and a "rättad näsa" was among them. Apparently they cover all different sorts of plastic surgery!

I'm not so much appalled as mystified. Why did anyone think this was a good idea? And ... a nose?

OMG.
They are probably selling like crazy because everyone has to buy one to show to people because it is so appalling. I read something somewhere about people reporting sexist ads to an ombudsman of some sorts (I can't remember which one, maybe DO?) This should definitely be reported.

ERK - etiska rådet mot könsdiskriminerande reklam. I checked them out when I wanted to press charges against Stoppoväx, but I never did.

The only thing that surprises me about this is that bonbon candy is still around. Their dog turds etc. were very popular when I was a kid, but I thought that was a trend long passed.

Btw, don't know about candy, but there is penis-shaped pasta to be bought in joke shops.

Apparently they pride themselves on tasteful candy concepts:
http://www.bonbon.dk/article.asp?id=6953

That candy is creepy.


Thanks for posting the fun linguistics quiz. :)

Oh that is wrong. Now, Bums - that would be funny!

(Anonymous)

You know what? I just wanted to say (very very quickly so as I'm practically slurring my words together as the in-laws are about to descend!) that I think you're really amazing. I think you're kind and warm and witty as all get out and it just makes me feel good that you're out there in the world. xoxoxox wee

AND I have big boobs, too! :P :D

(Anonymous)

o my gawd! TIT-SHAPED CANDY...at the Grocery store?! and marketed to kiddies?!!! Ack! I'm staggered AND appalled!! That is unreal! Sweden REALLY is a different part of the world. I left the previous message before I read your latest entry because the in-LAWS! they are descending! TODAY! And I haven't made my bed or brushed my teeth or vacumned up all the hair the Wolf has strewn about the house overnight... But O! The shock! The appalled-ness-ness of it all. Ack!!!xo Wee (the staggered, the unbrushed and theAPPALLED)

And have you noticed how those two PP's in aPPalled look JUST LIKE BOOBS?! They totally do!

(Anonymous)

P.S. I also have much boobage. Lots and lots of boobage. Acres of boobage. No kidding! The weeness of me is more of a vertical weeness than a horizontal weeness if you know what I mean! xo Wee (but not in the chestal region!!)

I will never cease to be amazed. Disgusting.

I'm amused and I'd much rather suck on some breast shaped candy then penis shaped candy, but that's just me.

Definitely appalling. Blech!

I don't think it's appalling so much as just plain weird. I wouldn't buy them, but then again, I've seen people get really upset over gummi bears, so ... *shrug*

why would someone get upset over a gummi bear? *scratches head* Well, I had to buy them so I could bring them home and take a picture of them, so I guess I'm contributing to the decline of western civilization.

Gummi penises do exist! My brother bought some at a sex shop as a birthday gag present for a friend. But, as I said, they were sold in a sex shop and not at a local grocery store.

That's where THESE should have been! The whole thought of eating a gummi penis is just...wrong.

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