“Offensive” images of women on Richmond funfair rides to be covered up after complaint

Some of the images on the rides.

Images of women described as “offensive” on rides at the fair in Richmond this week are being covered up after a complaint.

The complaint was made by local resident Claire Robson, 51, from Richmond.

She described the artwork as “offensive, discriminatory and sexualised images of young women”, adding: “I feel very strongly that children and young people are not exposed to this type of images.

“I think it’s really great for Richmond that we have a visiting fair and good fun for families and young people, however I was shocked to see the sexualised images of young women and surprised that these meet town council’s standards.”

The complaint was made to town and county councillor Stuart Parsons yesterday.

He said: “I immediately contacted the town clerk who has had discussions with the fair.

“Murphy’s are talking to all the rides concerned about covering up.

“Obviously the artwork is part of the rides and so it will take time and money for them to be dealt with properly.

“This is the first time that someone has raised this as an issue and we have tried to deal with it swiftly and efficiently.”

John Murphy, from Murphy’s Funfairs, confirmed that two of the images had already been changed.

He added: “We are very sorry if the nightclub-themed artwork used on our rides has offended anyone.

“We have taken measures to remove or cover certain pieces on our rides.”

The fair is in Richmond until Sunday.

16 Comments

  1. I must say that when I saw the same images at the fair I thought that they belonged in another age when women were even more sexualised than they are now . And I am not a prude

  2. I’ve got to say that now the images have been removed as a Health and safety qualified inspector, they have removed the images but possibly created a bigger hazard showing hydraulic cylinders and many tools in place of the signs.

  3. Another person who will find anything to complain about. If you find it offensive don’t go out. Sad.

    • 1 person complaining. And they act. This is artwork that has been accepted as part of the fairground culture for decades. You go to a fairground for fun and the rides not to study the artwork this person is either a prude . A very strict religious person or a right wing activist

  4. The image that accompanies the words Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger is copyright of Rockstar games having been originally created by artist Stephen Bliss for use in their game Grand Theft Auto 4. I’m sure that the lawyers representing Rockstar Games Inc would love to know that their intellectual property has been appropriated in this way.

  5. I completely agree with Ckare . It isnt sad to expect something better for our children than images that form attitudes that demean and objectify for the male gaze. Mysogonist attitudes that have controlled and abused the humanity of woman for centuries. Our girls as well as boys need to inherit something better than this this as normal. Time to move with awareness into the future to create a safer happier place for our daughters, sisters and mothers.

  6. Well done, Claire. Families and children should be able to enjoy the fair without being confronted by overtly sexual images which belong in the past.

    • I fully agree Julie and well done Claire.im no prude but this is a fair for families it’s not Soho or Amsterdam! I was disgusted when I saw it at the entrance to our market place. Tacky and offensive. Get it covered up!

  7. Images like this raise anxiety for many women. Objectification of Women’s bodies has become ‘normalised’
    You only have to read some of the comments to see how much this is true . I’m not a prude ! Not at all I consider myself and my friends to be pretty open minded and forward thinking . Publicly displayed Images like this belong in the past.

  8. And people complain about the Taliban making women cover up, so we now have the Richmond Taliban?

  9. Surprise surprise, (not!) all the comments in favour of the pictures and deriding the opinions of women are all by men. How many businesses in the town feel the need to advertise by portraying scantily clad women? Does Richmond want to portray the town as a family friendly, forward thinking, inclusive community or supporting businesses whose adverts wouldn’t look out of place in a strip club.

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