A&F Obscenity Charges Dropped

Va. Beach has second thoughts about widely disseminated image
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2008 12:20 PM CST

(Newser) – The city of Virginia Beach will not pursue obscenity charges brought against an Abercrombie & Fitch store manager because of posters depicting scantily clad models. One offending poster—used all over the country—showed three shirtless men, one with his jeans pulled well below his waist. A city lawyer said it would be difficult to prove the material was obscene, reports the Virginian-Pilot.

“You might see that typical vision walking down the streets," said the deputy city attorney, nevertheless backing the cop who wrote the store manager a summons. Some customers agree, and one flagged a possible double standard: "I don’t mind if they want to show naked guys because they show naked women everywhere,” said one female shopper. (Read more Abercrombie & Fitch stories.)