Politics bares all [http://www.PoliticsWatch.com Updated 7:00 p.m., September
|This 1992 photo of former prime minister Kim
Campbell was considered provocative at the time.
OTTAWA — Showing skin in politics
around the world appears to be reaching new levels.
A political party in Europe now has a poster featuring seven of its candidates naked.
In Canada, two Liberal leadership candidates appear naked during the
course of the campaign.
In the U.S., YouTube has allowed a number of scantly clad women to become minor celebrities because of their adoration of particular
Things have come a long way since former prime minister Kim
Campbell posed for a photo in which she appeared bare-shouldered behind a black legal robe.
It could be the coarsening of the culture that's affecting politics and even newsrooms which repeatedly show the
Last week, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather claimed in a television interview that executives at CBS were considering making dramatic changes to his news
desk before his departure.
"(CBS president) Les Moonves said he wanted to change the whole dynamic and even talked about naked news at one point," Rather alleged in an interview with Larry King.
Rather filed a $70 million suit against CBS last week for breach of contract.
While Rather objected to being replaced by naked newscasters, having an anchor bare it all probably would have boosted the third-place CBS Evening News's
ratings as nudity and partial nudity appears to be one of the best ways to get publicity.
|The Polish Women's Party is pushing new
limits in revealing all in politics.
Exhibit one is the international media attention an obscure, new party in Poland is now receiving after releasing a poster that shows seven candidates posing naked.
"We are beautiful, nude, proud," Polish Women's Party leader
Manuela Gretkowska told the Daily Telegraph. "This is not pornography, there is nothing to see in terms of sex, our faces are intelligent, concerned, proud."
In Canada, two Liberal leadership candidates disrobed publicly
during last year's race.
Liberal MP Scott Brison stripped down for a nude calendar to raise money for
prostate and ovarian cancer research. In the photo, Brison's body is blocked by a refrigerator door.
Not to be outdone, former Ontario Premier Bob Rae was videotaped skinny dipping
in a skit for CBC's Rick Mercer Report, a program that airs
nationally in prime time.
In the U.S., the presidential candidates are keeping their clothes
on, but the race has also create minor celebrities out of scantily clad, attractive women who are endorsing candidates.
|Ron Paul Girl will strip on YouTube to show
Republican candidate Ron Paul is polling in the low single digits, but cable news channels have been giving him attention this week because of a supporter of his on
YouTube who goes by the name of "Ron Paul Girl."
In the video, the blonde Ron Paul Girl strips off her pants and takes off her top revealing a Hope for America: Ron Paul 2008 tank top underneath.
"Smaller government, more personal liberty, a peaceful solution to the war in Iraq and a return to the basic
constitutional premises upon which this country was founded," Ron Paul Girl tells YouTube viewers.
Other candidates also have their attractive female supporters. Republican
Rudy Giuliani has Giuliani Girl and Hillary Clinton has Hot for Hill Girl.
But the person who has attracted the most attention is actress and model
Amber Lee Ettinger, who is best known as Obama Girl.
Her music video "I Got a Crush on Obama" has been viewed 3.7 million
times on YouTube in just three months.
The video features Obama Girl wearing tight-fitting shorts and even a bikini and lip-synching lyrics such as "Universal healthcare reform, It makes me warm."
Obama Girl made an appearance at a recent YouTube presidential debate and has been gaining
notoriety. However, one person who is not a fan is Senator Barack Obama.
Obama said in August that his young daughters were upset after they saw the
risqué Obama Girl video.
"You do wish people would think about what impact their actions have on kids and families," Obama
said of the fan video.
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