Skip to comments.Coffee, Tea or Bikini? VietJet Stands by Racy Calendar Amid Criticisms
Posted on 12/29/2017 1:45:36 PM PST by nickcarraway
Vietnam's VietJet Aviation said on Thursday (Dec 28) it was standing by a controversial "bikini" calendar, a marketing ploy featuring scantily clad female models that has prompted criticism in conservative South-east Asia and beyond.
The annual calendar, which has gone viral online, is part of a broader marketing push by VietJet that has propelled the start-up airline's rapid growth, as it has taken market share from Vietnam Airlines.
The publication of the 2018 calendar - which critics say overly sexualises the image of flight attendants and other airline staff - comes as there is a growing debate in the global airlines industry about sexual harassment and in-flight assault of both passengers and employees.
VietJet, founded by Ms Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao - Vietnam's first female billionaire and one of a handful of women running a major airline globally - said the calendar emphasised the free choice of people to wear whatever they wanted.
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When asked about the views of Ms Thao, Mr Khanh said the CEO thought people "have the right to wear whatever they like, bikini or traditional ao dai", referring to the traditional Vietnamese long dress.
Ms Thao was unavailable for an interview.
The calendar has caused an online storm in Vietnam, with some people criticising and others defending the campaign. The 2018 calendar and a YouTube video of the photo shoot have been viewed more than 910,000 times since first appearing at the end of last month.
"I think (the calendar) is beautiful, not unpleasant at all," one user posted on Facebook under the avatar Mai Co. Another person, named as Van Nhi, said the airline was "creating scandal to gain attention". "It's getting more unpleasant."
Critics say VietJet's risque marketing, including the calendar and bikini fashion shows on board planes, presented an archaic and sexist image of cabin crew, even as the risk of harassment and assault go widely underreported.
VietJet is "taking us back 50 years by hyper-sexualising a female dominated work group in order to make a few bucks off a couple of cheesy calendars", said Ms Heather Poole, a veteran US flight attendant and author of a book about working the not-always-friendly skies.
"Women have to work so hard to be taken seriously, and in this case it's a woman in charge taking us back to the days of 'Coffee, Tea or Me?'," she added, alluding to a 1960s book about two fictitious female flight attendants that emphasised their sexual appetite.
วันนี้ วันที่ 18 ธ.ค.60 สายการบิน VietJetAir เปิดไฟล์ปฐมฤกษ์ เส้นทาง ดาลัด ( Dalat) สายการบิน1/3
Mr Khanh said Vietjet flight attendants have been trained to handle sexual harassment situations.
VietJet is not the first firm to use racy calendars to raise its profile. Italian tyre maker Pirelli - known for its calendars of glamorous female models - has overhauled the annual offering in recent years with less of a focus on nudity.
Irish budget carrier Ryanair Holdings in 2014 scrapped an annual charity calendar featuring female cabin crew posing in bikinis in favour of more family-friendly images.
Mr Khanh, who said the proceeds from sales of the VietJet calendar go to charity, acknowledged that there could be big changes in the content for the next version.
"Male models is a good idea for us to introduce in our calendars next year," he said.
Clickbait without clickbait.
Gone are the days when a US Airline could pick who they feel represents their product and shows it off the best. Now theyre forced to hire dogs.
I took a look for research purposes. As a Vegas guy, they aren’t all that scandalous. There’s some Eurasians in the mix. I’ve seen worse advertising, they could have done a Colin Kapernick calender.
I do the lookin so you don’t have to.
I see nothing wrong with it........................
Snap-On tools cinched it up years ago.
The Race shops I worked followed.
Libtards are Facists!
I guess I just don’t see the issue...planes, girls, skimpy clothes...
Sigh. Maybe it just me...:)
“Me love you long time”
“Va Va Voom, Ralphie Boy!”
LOL, February looks like she needs some flight plans filed there...or lessons. Or certification.
No problem so long as they can save my life in an emergency.
Hoooooooo Chi Minh!
LOL, it just brought to mind flotation devices...
As a general rule, Asians do not have large buns. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. It seems that VietJet has chosen the few Vietnamese with large buns which they could find. ;-)
Boy, I’ll bet not a single one of their flight attendants looks like some of the ones we get on Delta and United.
GE or Pratt?
For March: “Our service truck has arrived!”
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