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Outrage over steamy European Commission video

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Outrage over steamy European Commission video


It is not often the European Commission is accused of being too racy or risqué. A row has broken out over a clip it has posted on the YouTube video sharing website to promote European cinema. Extracts of steamy sex scenes from a variety of European films are featured. The Polish MEP, Maciej Giertych, is one of those outraged: “Well it is promoting sex in films. That’s obvious. And by sex … [I mean] not only heterosexual natural, normal sex. But it’s also the homosexual lifestyle. And of course that should not be promoted.”

There are numerous European Commission videos on the website, dealing with the likes of climate change and human rights. “Generally, the EU does boring things or is more conventional,” said one internet user. “That only reaches a certain class of people. Here it’s very clear that clips like these, though shocking at times, do get their message across.”

More than 300,000 people have so far viewed the clip, which European Commission spokesman Martin Selmayr has defended: “All these films are films that can be seen every day on television and in cinemas in every European country. I think that makes perhaps Europe a bit different from the US. We can also show erotic love in cinemas. It is an integral part of most successful European movies.”

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