A Chinese lifestyle magazine took advantage of the unique backdrop created by the rubble of the recent Sichuan earthquake, but not everyone is recognizing the artistic initiative as a positive one.
New Travel Weekly published a racy photo shoot of models, some wearing nothing more than underwear, posing among the debris of a fallen building. The message they seemed to convey was one of sexuality, not of remorse, shock or sorrow. As a result, it's being harshly criticized for â€œseverely violating social morality, and causing extremely negative social effectsâ€.
The Xinhua news agency confirmed the magazine has been closed and the editors fired.
The Australian adds, â€œMost leisure venues closed throughout China during the days of mourning that ended yesterday, and television channels showed only news of the earthquake and the relief effort.â€
The May 12, 2008 earthquake shook the entire nation, in every sense of the word. Take a look at some of the other things that have arisen in the aftermath of the 7.9 magnitude natural disaster:
Controversial Earthquake Fashion Photos
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Canine Leotard Outfits
Spooky Fast Food Packaging
Bottle-Recycling Vase Sleeves
Powerful Object-Tracking Telescopes
Choreographed Headphone Ads