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(Times of Israel)   For Ikea, a woman's place is evidently NOT in the kitchen   (timesofisrael.com) divider line 24
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2012-10-01 04:53:31 PM
6 votes:

Jument: I think most of the Middle East is shamefully backwards but it's not Ikea's job to fix them.



They're not "backwards", they were incorrectly assembled.
2012-10-01 04:51:22 PM
4 votes:

ecor1: So its ok to erase 1/2 of humanity from your catalog? lol


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2012-10-01 05:53:17 PM
3 votes:
Ran into a chick wearing a burka the other day, and her eyes smiled at me. So, I pumped three rounds into her chest and then called her dad. He thanked me, and gave me a goat.
2012-10-01 05:34:01 PM
3 votes:

Vidwiz: Looks like a bathroom to me...NOT a kitchen


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/everyone
//appreciate the joke NOW
///searching for the right image
////it has weakened my strength :-0~~~~
2012-10-01 05:00:23 PM
3 votes:
Could have been worse. They could have done a full catalogue of Mohammed demonstrating the merchandise.
2012-10-01 04:48:48 PM
3 votes:
She got flat packed.
2012-10-01 08:08:59 PM
2 votes:
When the Arabs do it, it just further confirms the backwardness of their male-dominant culture. When the "Ultra-orthodox" Jews do it, shut up.
2012-10-01 05:19:08 PM
2 votes:
I love this Saudi way of thinking. "We abhor your decadent, whorish, evil Western civilization. Well, except for your furniture. Your furniture can say."
2012-10-01 04:59:05 PM
2 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: This is the tradeoff when you want to become a global company. You can either remain stalwart in your core values or you can meld with the local culture.


Like Microsoft's products in Poland - apparently black people are taboo there.

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2012-10-01 04:43:15 PM
2 votes:
Meh, probably easier than 'shopping in a burqa.
2012-10-01 10:07:53 PM
1 votes:

carrion_luggage: I like to sit in Ikea demo bathrooms and scream "Occupied!" and "I'm in here!" at passers-by. Does this make me a bad person? And should I feel bad about it?


You need to look up the terms in Swedish and use them instead then look indignant when people open the door and see you on the pot.
2012-10-01 09:12:23 PM
1 votes:

ciberido: Is that sufficiently broad


Heh. Broads.
2012-10-01 09:09:09 PM
1 votes:

carrion_luggage: I like to sit in Ikea demo bathrooms and scream "Occupied!" and "I'm in here!" at passers-by. Does this make me a bad person? And should I feel bad about it?


Just don't be in there all day. Lots of other customers had the meatballs too, you know.

/ I kid... actually I kind of like the meatballs
2012-10-01 08:34:42 PM
1 votes:
"All I said was, this Futon was good enough for Mohammed to sit on!"
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2012-10-01 08:01:20 PM
1 votes:
Yeah remember how all uptight the Saudis got that time a woman's breast was exposed for second during the Superbowl? Ha, silly uptight Saudis
2012-10-01 07:12:32 PM
1 votes:

smitty04: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 393x400]
 Muslim world objects to this.
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Muslim version.


Yikes. Depending on one's interpretation, it looks like she's either been swept beneath the waves, or is lurking just beneath the surface like Jaws, with her crown menacingly peeking above water instead of a dorsal fin. Dah-dum. Dah-dum. Duh-duh-dummmm... DAH-DUM DAH-DUM DAH-DUM *she bursts out into the open and ferociously pours you a nice venti mocha*
2012-10-01 05:58:00 PM
1 votes:

Bungles: There was a big fuss a few months ago, as it's the first time the catalogue has been entirely computer generated, not using actual physical mocked up rooms. The woman wasn't ever really in either picture because that room doesn't exist.


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There is no spoon.
2012-10-01 05:52:16 PM
1 votes:

Anderson's Pooper: Could have been worse. They could have done a full catalogue of Mohammed demonstrating the merchandise.


He could have been demonstrating the MEKKA line of faux-stone office furniture.
2012-10-01 05:42:47 PM
1 votes:
Too bad they didn't shoop the women into swarthy men. IKEA could use the cataloge in Saudi Arabia and not offend any Saudis by showing a picture of a woman. They could use the same cataloge in gay friendly markets, by showing people in a same sex relationship.
2012-10-01 05:42:17 PM
1 votes:
Makes me want to go there and walk around wearing this shirt:
www.mad-section.com
2012-10-01 05:13:54 PM
1 votes:
www.ikeafans.com
2012-10-01 05:10:39 PM
1 votes:
The car makers all remove the women from their ads in Saudi Arabia, too.
2012-10-01 04:47:38 PM
1 votes:
This is the tradeoff when you want to become a global company. You can either remain stalwart in your core values or you can meld with the local culture. Some companies, like Apple, take full advantage of the local culture to exploit cheap labor in China. On the other hand, American automobile companies are all but shunned in Japan for refusing to make high quality cars.

The decision to remove these women was probably handled at the local offices. The guys on the ground don't need a shiatstorm of controversy and just want to move product. But now the higher-ups seem to want to take control back. This won't end well for Ikea in Saudi Arabia. Maybe it's for the best, though. It's a terribly repressive culture.
2012-10-01 04:46:14 PM
1 votes:
So its ok to erase 1/2 of humanity from your catalog? lol
 
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