we turned debate to a scuffle brewing in the wintery Vermont slopes over nudey snowboard designs. Burlington, Vermont-based Burton Snowboards is getting heat for its racy "Love" boards, which feature half-naked women, bare bums and all. Even the Girl Scouts chimed in to call the boards sexist and inappropriate for children. And again, Rate the Ad was split on the issue. Some seconded the sexist claims, others were offended by the lack of design sensibility and yet another group found no problem with the designs at all.
Commenter "MissG" critiqued the boards with a designer's eye: "The idea of seeing this board in any snowy slope makes me shudder. And not because of the pseudo-provocative graphic but because of the coarse-tasteless-horrible-empty design, which is just a naked girl with a relevant word. There's no effort at all! Not even in the photography! I am sure that if the design had some taste or creativity in the execution less people will feel bothered or insulted, which I feel because I can't believe that with so many talented guys with brilliant ideas out there, there still are some people producing (and buying) such poor and pathetic concepts."
Speaking to the dudes in the audience, "alberu" defended the designs and called those peeved Vermonters a tad prudish: "These boards are absolutely cool gentlemen. It perfectly captures the attitude of young freestylers nowadays. And, on the slopes, the boards are partially covered with snow, by the way. If someone gets offended with this out there, they should ask themselves a few questions. As a European, these conservative attitudes appear so out of date."