UAE: Auschwitz in gym advertisement, removed

Criticised for insensitivity, UK managers apologise

04 January, 13:13

(ANSAmed) - DUBAI, JANUARY 4 - The ad campaign of a Dubai gym using a black and white photo of the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp on a poster under the slogan ''say goodbye to your calories'' had a brief life. The campaign, posted on the Facebook page of The Circuit Factory gym, was bombarded with criticism over the ad's bad taste and lack of sensitivity. A few hours later the flyer was removed. ''It was only a provocation but if it was badly received then I apologise,'' said Phil Parkins, the administrator of the social network page, saying that the Auschwitz poster as a symbol of weight loss and physical labour had been chosen since ''the programme that the gym offers, in terms of calories, is like a concentration camp''. Three other posters were removed by the campaign after being judged too vulgar in terms of their images or words by those frequenting its facilities and its online forums on Facebook and Twitter, even in comparison with Dubai itself.

''If Auschwitz had not been among the photos there would never have been such an uproar,'' said Ahmed, a Palestinian, adding that ''I think, however, that no human tragedy should be used for commercial ends.'' (ANSAmed).

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