Green Room

German newspaper Bild to drop topless front-page photos

posted at 2:43 pm on March 9, 2012 by

After a run of 5,000 front page photos of females baring their topmost assets, the German newspaper Bild is leaving the cheesecake market behind, New York’s Daily News reports. The practice of featuring the image of a topless female, which dates back to 1984, will end today—Friday, March 9—to coincide with International Women’s Day. (To further mark the occasion, female staffers were given the day off on Thursday.)

The paper, the name of which translates appropriately to “picture” or “photo” and is pronounced—again appropriately—“built,” is Germany’s largest-selling. A spokesperson for the paper is quoted as saying that the move is “perhaps a small step from women’s point of view—but it’s a big step for Bild and all men in Germany.” (Not to mention the non-German reading men of other nations who now wish they had known sooner that a Bild speaks a thousand words.)

The semi-naked pictures have appeared on the vast majority of Bild front pages throughout the years, though there have been exceptions. One, noted by the Daily News, was the day after German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected as Pope Benedict XVI.

Not all male staffers are happy about today’s change. A writer named Franz Josef Wagner (who I think was two German composers in previous lives) expressed his dissatisfaction in his Friday column, writing:

Bild doesn’t want to print any more girls on page 1 because it doesn’t correspond with the woman of today. I think the editor-in-chief of Bild is crazy. How can he banish the dream girl?

Wagner’s fit of pique may be premature. The newspaper’s management has dropped hints that the Bild Girl may not be totally a thing of the past, noting that it “wants to be sexy in future too—but in a more modern way, and better-wrapped, inside the paper.”

Related Articles

Follow me on Twitter or join me at Facebook. You can reach me at howard.portnoy@gmail.com or by posting a comment below.

Recently in the Green Room:

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

March 12, 2012. A date which will live in infamy.

Bill Brasky on March 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Was für Scheiß ist das?? Ich kaufe diese Zeitung nicht mehr…

affenhauer on March 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Keine Gotteslästerung, bitte. Dies ist eine Familien-Website.

Howard Portnoy on March 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Entschuldigung, bitte — ich weiß, ich sollte ‘Quatsch’ sagen…

affenhauer on March 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Entschuldigung, bitte — ich weiß, ich sollte ‘Quatsch’ sagen…

Hahaha! I mean, hoh-hoh-hoh…

Howard Portnoy on March 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

This thread is useless without pics.

Mark1971 on March 9, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Die Terroristen haben gewonnen.

Fabozz on March 9, 2012 at 4:56 PM

This thread is useless without pics.

Here you go: http://www.examiner.com/headlines-in-new-york/the-last-picture-show-photo. (It’s “pic” at least.)

Die Terroristen haben gewonnen.

Hahaha.

Howard Portnoy on March 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Just put it on Page 3 like the UK Sun.German babes: yow-wow!

teacherman on March 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Bild Girl may not be totally a thing of the past, noting that it “wants to be sexy in future too—but in a more modern way, and better-wrapped, inside the paper.”

Just put it on Page 3 like the UK Sun.German babes: yow-wow!

teacherman on March 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Yup, beat me by 5 minutes.

Ah, Maria Whitaker and Samantha Fox…

cozmo on March 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Here you go. (It’s “pic” at least.)

Howard Portnoy on March 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Page not found, what a tease.

cozmo on March 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Page not found, what a tease.

Sorry about that. Link has been repaired.

Howard Portnoy on March 9, 2012 at 6:05 PM

What about men’s rights?

NNtrancer on March 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I remember when I first arrived in Germany in 1977 and was riding along the Autobahn West of Frankfurt and saw a billboard for a soap ad. The billboard was a woman taking a shower using the soap .. totally nude chest. I remember thinking “I’m going to like this country”.

Turns out they didn’t have the “breast thing” that Americans do. If you don’t keep them hidden all the time, they aren’t such a big deal. It wasn’t unusual to see topless sunbathing even in a park. After a while it just becomes … well, no big deal.

The Germans would laugh at Americans and their staring. We got over it after while. Once it was no longer such a big “taboo”, there wasn’t such a “thrill” in seeing them anymore as there was back in the US where a woman must prevent anyone from ever seeing her breasts at all costs.

crosspatch on March 10, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Das ist ein Bummer!

NavyMustang on March 10, 2012 at 3:21 AM

After a while it just becomes … well, no big deal.

crosspatch on March 10, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Only those altered by the hand of man ever become boring.

Admiring God’s most beautiful creation, out of all of his beautiful creations, will never become “no big deal”.

Us guys must never forget the gift God gave us.

Out of the entire animal kingdom, it is only humans where God made the female of the species more attractive than the male.

The female form is proof that there is a God, and by giving so many of the less upstanding males daughters, it shows he has a sense of humor.

cozmo on March 10, 2012 at 8:45 AM

What about men’s rights?

NNtrancer on March 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Uh where do we go for those, exactly? I thought they banned them or something…

dogsoldier on March 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM