Confirmed victory

ZOO Weekly has gone too far, this time exploiting the vulnerability of female asylum seekers through a deplorable new competition searching for "Australia’s hottest asylum seeker”.

The competition reads: "if you’ve swapped persecution for s-xiness, we want to shoot you (with a camera — relax!)".

I live amongst and count as close friends a number of female refugees from several war-torn nations in East Africa. Their stories of fleeing their countries include horrible accounts of sexual assault and even rape at the hands of militia and the military.

Many of them lost husbands, children and other family members. They still suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress, including frequent nightmares, flashbacks, depression and other associated health problems.

To trivialise and exploit these incredibly traumatic experiences is utterly appalling. That’s why I’m calling on ACP Magazines to demand ZOO issue an apology and immediately scrap this disgusting competition.

This isn’t the first strike for ZOO. The magazine recently offered to accommodate the next boatload of asylum seekers in its office if prominent MP Sarah Hanson-Young posed for them. When she did not, they pasted her head onto near-naked woman’s body.

ZOO Weekly is trivialising sexual harassment and normalising the exploitation of women, making this behaviour acceptable to the target market of young guys.

It's time to put an end to ZOO thinking they can get away with this. Your pressure on ACP could help them to finally axe this appalling competition.

 

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ACP Magazines other titles:

- The Australian Women’s Weekly (Australia’s number one weekly magazine)

- Woman’s Day

- DOLLY

- TV Week

- CLEO

- Cosmopolitan

- Australian House & Garden

 - Top Gear Australia and Wheels.

 

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Letter to
CEO, ACP Magazines Matthew Stanton
Editor, ZOO Weekly Tim Keen
I've just signed the following petition addressed to: ACP Magazines.

The competition to find 'Australia's Hottest Asylum Seeker' was offensive and tasteless and action must be taken.

Please apologize for the action and make a retraction immediately.

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Tell ZOO to apologize for exploiting asylum seekers

ABOUT THIS PETITION:
ZOO Weekly has gone too far, this time exploiting the vulnerability of female asylum seekers through a deplorable new competition searching for "Australia’s hottest asylum seeker”.
We are calling on ACP Magazines to demand ZOO issue an apology and publish a retraction.
I live amongst and count as close friends a number of female refugees from several war torn nations in East Africa. Their stories of fleeing their countries include horrible accounts of sexual assault and even rape at the hands of militia and the military. Many of them lost husbands, children and other family members. They still suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress as a result, which includes frequent nightmares, flashbacks, depression and other associated health problems.
To joke as the competition does that - "if you’ve swapped persecution for s-xiness, we want to shoot you (with a camera — relax!)" - is completely insensitive to these women and the daily trauma they live with. However it seems those stories are exactly what they're after, finishing with, "Send your pics and a short story about your tragic past to enterme@zooweekly.com.au.”
That's why we must pressure ACP Magazines to demand ZOO issue an apology and publish a retraction.

This isn’t the first strike for ZOO when it comes to this issue. Recently ZOO offered to accommodate the next boatload of asylum seekers in its office if prominent MP Sarah Hanson-Young posed for them, and when she did not, they pasted her head onto another woman’s body.
http://thehoopla.com.au/seeking-asylum-lads-mag/
It’s time for ZOO Weekly to go!
Following the closure of Ralph magazine in 2010 and FHM this March, lads mag ZOO Weekly is attempting to boost sales by including more controversial material, demeaning women in any way possible.
Zoo Weekly trivializes sexual harassment and normalizes exploitation of women, making this behaviour acceptable to the target market of young guys.
ACP magazines, owners of Zoo Weekly, brag that more Australian men buy and read ZOO than any other magazine in the country.
It's time to put an end to ZOO thinking they can get away with this. Your pressure on ACP might help them to finally axe this appalling publication.
SIGN AND SHARE
Once you have signed this petition please share across social media.

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Sincerely,