French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is taking a clothing company to court to halt if from selling a shopping bag that features a photo of the former supermodel in the nude. The white canvas bags went on sale this week in the Paris region. Her lawyers claim “the bag makes use of Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy’s image without her consent and for commercial gain.” The 1993 photo sold at an auction. A talk bubble next to the first lady’s image reads: “My boyfriend should have bought me Pardon.”
I am concerned about this case. Does this mean we can’t print pictures of President Bush in the nude? Or, for that matter, are we forbidden to print photos of the empty brain of the president which is a lot more attractive than the outer portion of his body? Gee, as I recall they were printing photos of naked prisoners in Abu Ghraib, but, they were only a bunch of Muslim males so I guess that is OK.
Frankly, I would think Mrs. Sarkozy would be pleased to have these nice photos of her plastered all over canvas bags. I think it is great political advertising. How many politicians can say their wife has nothing to hide and is baring the truth about herself?