Kisses! The new Sexy Urinal by Bathroom Mania, as seen at the JFK Virgin Lounge. (Courtesy:Bathroom Mania/ Photo credit:Meike van Schijndel. All rights reserved)
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Virgin Atlantic Airways on Friday scrapped plans to install bright-red urinals shaped like women’s open lips at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, saying it had received complaints they were offensive.
“Virgin Atlantic was very sorry to hear of people’s concerns about the design of the ‘Kisses’ urinals to be fitted into our clubhouse at JFK Airport. We can assure everyone who complained to us that no offense was ever intended,” Virgin spokesman John Riordan said in a statement.
Riordan said the British company received several dozen complaints from people and groups including the National Organization for Women after its plans for the urinals had been made public. NOW had posted a message on its Web site urging members to complain to Virgin chief Richard Branson.
“I don’t know many men who think it’s cool to pee in a woman’s mouth, even a porcelain one,” said NOW President Kim Gandy on the group’s Web site.
The urinal, designed by a Dutch company, was the idea of a female designer. Riordan said Virgin was surprised by the negative reaction to the plan, part of designs for the lounge, built to pamper first-class customers.
You have GOT to be kidding me. “Surprised by the negative reaction?” Jesus Christ. There wasn’t anyone, from the production designer to the project manager to the artist to the marketing director who said, “Hey, wait. There might be some people who’d consider what we’re making here to be rather offensive. I mean, we’re talking about making a urinal shaped like a woman’s mouth.”
Maybe the Dutch like pissing into each other’s mouths. If that’s the case, I’m afraid I’m going to have to forego visiting the Netherlands.