A sexualised image at Brisbane’s Royal Queensland show has been covered up after concerned citizens voiced their concerns about children seeing the image.
ACL’s Queensland Director Wendy Francis said she was alerted to the image which was in a children’s section which featured a sexually explicit image of a woman.
Mrs Francis set up a petition on change.org Keep the Ekka suitable for kids - remove explicit sexual imagery
She petitioned the organisers to remove the image:
“Taking the family to the Brisbane Ekka is a long held tradition and sideshow alley is a fun place for kids with their parents. This imagery is situated in the section of sideshow alley where there are lots of little kids rides. If this image was in an adult workplace it would be deemed as sexual harassment and removed. Our children's innocence should not be compromised by attending the Brisbane Ekka - one of the highlights of the year for many families. Sexual imagery is inappropriate here. Please have these images removed and keep the Ekka as a family friendly place to go.
By Sunday morning, after just 1,059 signatures, the General Manager of Communications for the Ekka Veronica Carew had responded to the change.org petition posting the following message.
“The RNA became aware of this inappropriate image yesterday evening and immediately took steps overnight to have it covered over. This was an unfortunate and isolated oversight which we swiftly moved to have resolved. The RNA appreciates and shares all the concerns raised and is sorry for any offence this image many have caused,” she wrote.
Ms Francis posted in response to the action.
“Grateful to all for your voices which combined have resulted in the Ekka removing the sexualised imagery from sideshow alley. It's a win for our children and for common decency,” ACL’s Wendy Francis said.
This is a great outcome for concerned citizens about the sexualised imagery which children can seek.
Last month the Queensland Government announced it would be introducing laws to penalise advertisers that do not comply with the industry’s code of ethics.
ACL’s Wendy Francis said it’s a step in the right direction
but more needs to be done. Specifically Ms Francis wants to see a government avenue for people to use if their complaint to the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) is unsuccessful.