September 21, 2005

Chinese Company Begins Marketing Clinton and Lewinsky Condoms

File this under: Appropriate:

BEIJING -- A rubber company in China has begun marketing condoms under the brand names Clinton and Lewinsky, apparently seeking to exploit the White House affair that led to the impeachment of America's 42nd president.

Spokesman Liu Wenhua of the Guangzhou Rubber Group said the company was handing out 100,000 free Clinton and Lewinsky condoms as part of a promotion to raise consumer awareness of its new products. He said that after the promotion ends, the Clinton condoms will go on sale in southern China for 29.8 Yuan (US$3.72) for a box of 12, while the Lewinsky model will be priced at 18.8 Yuan (US$2.35) for the same quantity.

"The Clinton condom will be the top of our line," he said. "The Lewinsky condom is not quite as good."

Liu said the company had chosen to use the Clinton name because consumers viewed the former president as a responsible person, who would want to stress safe sex as an effective way to prevent the spread of the HIV virus. "The names we chose are symbols of people who are responsible and dedicated to their jobs," he said. "I believe Bill Clinton cannot be unhappy about this because he's a very generous man." Liu said the company did not believe using the Clinton and Lewinsky names constituted a violation of copyright or other laws.

Too funny. I really could not pass this up.

My favorite part is the assertion by the manufacturer that they chose Clinton because he was a responsible person. Sorry, but anyone who commits adultery and commits perjury is not high on my list of responsible people (and I voted for Clinton twice!) .
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