When Ethics Alarms…And Other Alarms…Don’t Ring: Christmas Decorations Division [Corrected]

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When I first posted this, I reported that the festive scene was from Hamilton, Ontario, and current. I had two sources for that, and this wasn’t exactly worth my time to do a full-fledged investigation, especially since the ethical issues are identical whether the locale is Canada or Krakow. Commenter Edward, below, traced the photo to Tyumen, Siberia, and at least six years ago.

It is still more puzzling than the usual Christmas decorations gaffe. One could imagine a single sleepy city bureaucrat missing the obvious phallic nature of the design, but how many city employees had to pass on the lights to get them to the street?

Was that design really innocent, as some wags are questioning? It’s another Hanlon’s Razor situation, no? Yet wouldn’t a diabolical sex-obsessed designer assume that the attempt at subversion would be caught long before his joke, or whatever it is, ever reached execution? Was this a case of someone deciding, “Hell, we paid for the damn things, let’s just use them”? Or “Maybe nobody will notice!”?

Gross incompetence? Gross apathy?

9 thoughts on “When Ethics Alarms…And Other Alarms…Don’t Ring: Christmas Decorations Division [Corrected]

    • Yeah, I wondered about that. This source was a tweet and Fark, which is reliable about 75% of the time. Since the ethics issue is the same regardless of the time frame or the country, I figured it was still worth mentioning.

  1. Jack: “ Yet wouldn’t a diabolical sex-obsessed designer assume that the attempt at subversion would be caught long before his joke, or whatever it is, ever reached execution?”

    Maybe, unless there is a market for the subversive lights. I can imagine several groups that would buy these as part of a joke or an attempt at sly humor.

    -Jut

  2. I do wonder however, had these lights simply been tipped to the left (from our vantage point) by 45 degrees if the effect would be the same.

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