Posted by Rosepixie on December 5, 2009
This is a magazine ad for The Tudors (the television show) and it was sent to me by a friend of mine.
This is really a pretty horrific image. There are so many things wrong with it. Not only is it just plain creepy to look at, but I really have to wonder about the decision to make an image like this.
Looking at this image with history in mind, this is an even more troublesome image. Here we see an opulently dressed king sitting on a “chair” made of naked people who are very thin and don’t even look like they are necessarily alive. Considering that this isn’t too far off from how people were actually thought of by nobility at times (and arguably still sometimes are today), it’s troublesome from that stand point. Even more bothersome, however, is that the first thing I thought of when I saw this was that it looks remarkably like some images I’ve seen of the kind of thing that happened in the Holocaust of World War II. Generals really did have things like lampshades on their desks made of human skin.
This may have seemed like a cute way to suggest wealth and power to some ad agency, but it’s really a pretty awful image. People really have been treated like that throughout history and it’s not cute. Personally, I find it pretty distasteful. This does not make me want to watch their show, it makes me want to throw up.