Funfair covers up lewd images after complaints about “sexualized images” on rides

Artwork of women in hot pants and tops down on carnival rides has been covered with rubbish bags following complaints, although residents were divided on whether the images were offensive

A resident described the images as "sexualized"
A local resident described the images as “sexualized”

A North Yorkshire country fair has covered paintings of scantily clad women with rubbish bags after local residents complained about the images.

Murphy’s amusement park owners insisted the images had previously been used without complaint, The Sun reports, but Richmond residents were unimpressed and demanded that they be covered up.

Among the images that caused offense was a mural of a woman licking a lollipop alongside the words: “Harder, better, faster, stronger.”

Another image featured on the Dodgems with the slogan “start your motors” shows a woman in hot pants, while a third painting shows a brunette with a top pulled down showing her bra and cleavage.

A Dodgems mural features the slogan “start your motors”

Locals were divided on whether the images were offensive

The images were described as “sexualized” by mother Claire Robson, who called it “offensive and discriminatory”.

She said, quoting The Sun: “I strongly believe that children are not exposed to this type of imagery. It’s great for Richmond that we have a fair and a lot of fun for families and young people.

“However, I was shocked to see the sexualized images of women and surprised that these meet Council standards.”

Borough Councilor Stuart Parsons said he encouraged local officials to get the fair to cover up any offensive images.

Some images were covered with garbage bags following complaints

“I have contacted the town clerk who has been in talks with the fair,” he told The Sun. “Murphys talks to all the rides. Obviously it’s going to take time and money to get them treated right.”

Fairground employees initially used garbage bags to cover the artworks last weekend and apologized for any violations caused.

However, locals were divided on condemning the images.

One woman said: “People have to pull themselves together. I don’t see the problem with these images. I find it more demeaning that people can’t look at them without turning it into a societal debate.”

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