Swiss anti-immigration ad

Right-wing Swiss party, the Swiss People's Party, has released a series of controversial new, anti-immigration ads. The two-part ads show a photo of beautiful, naked, white women walking into a pristine lake, followed by an image of old women wearing head scarves bathing in filthy water. Presumably, they're a warning about the horrors that come with a more open immigration policy.  

The ads come as Switzerland prepares to vote on whether illegal immigrants who commit crimes should be expelled from the country. In a notoriously xenophobic (and racially homogeneous) nation, the ads are also a reminder of the struggles many Western European nations have faced with immigration -- especially by Middle Eastern and Muslim people. 

It seems uncouth to remark that the first photo -- heinous racial undertones aside -- is kind of hot. But I said it anyway.

Commentarium (16 Comments)

Nov 19 10 - 4:40pm

It's also symbolic because the number four: four national languages.

Nov 19 10 - 4:56pm

Yeah, whatever. It's a fact that muslim immigrants are increasingly causing trouble in Europe. Attacks on Jews and gays are up, and it's not from right wing nationalists.

Nov 19 10 - 5:04pm

Europeans are so holier-than-thou about the U.S. and our racial problems. Now they have to deal with a multiracial society, and they are not coping very well.

Nov 19 10 - 6:23pm

I vote for the top picture.

Nov 19 10 - 7:13pm

A fact, moops? Cite your sources. Actually, most of the antisemitic groups on the rise in Europe are the same old groups we've always had. Europeans are indeed holier than thou, but you can't trust American news on anything. Just saying.

Nov 19 10 - 8:45pm

@EBE Four? French, German, Italian and ???

Nov 19 10 - 11:10pm

So, immigrants aren't dirty? Oh.

Nov 20 10 - 12:00am

So...if the immigrants come in, naked beautiful women won't be allowed to swim in water...And elderly foreigners will make the water dirtier? Wtf?

Nov 20 10 - 1:15am

maybe if you were to bath in the second picture water, you would prefer to keep on your clothes.
because of dirty water, keep on your clothes
and NOT
keeping your clothes makes water dirty

Nov 20 10 - 2:13am

@GeeBee: EBE is right, the four languages are German, French, Italian and Romansh.

Nov 20 10 - 6:34pm

I can see vaginas through the bottom, tee hee!

Nov 21 10 - 8:06pm

I think the person in the bottom right corner is Terry Jones from Monty Python.

Nov 24 10 - 3:48pm

jj: Damn you!!! Now all I can hear in my head when I look at that picture is "Hello, Curry's? I'd like to try one of your thirteen-and-sixpenny brains please..."

Nov 24 10 - 10:28pm

Heinous racial undertones — why, because they're white? It's official, brown countries can raise whatever immigration barriers they wish, and white countries can not. Because. They're white. Please.

Jul 21 11 - 10:18pm

Yup, that slohud defo do the trick!

Jul 23 11 - 10:27am

What an aewsmoe way to explain this-now I know everything!