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Fox News falls for Islamic ban on padded bras hoax

News organisation took satirical site’s story about push to ban padded bras because “they make the breasts look bigger and perky” as fact.

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US NEWS ORGANISATION Fox News has fallen for a Pakistani satirical website’s report that Islamic clerics are campaigning to ban padded bras because they are “the devil’s cushions”.

Salon reports that the story originated on an Onion-like satirical site in Pakistan called Roznama Jawani.

Today Roznama Jawani carries headlines such as “Columbus Sends Message from Grave. Regrets Finding America” and “Intel’s latest AI Chip Inspired by Indian Prime Minister”.

At the end of February, the site posted an article claiming that the Council of Islamic Ideology had met after protests against padded and colourful bras:

“Padded bras are evil as they make the breasts look bigger and perky”, said one of the protesters. “Only devil women show off private parts. Muslim women should be as humble about them as they can. In fact they should be ashamed of their breasts, both of them.”

Another protester said that the purpose of underwear is not to accentuate the curves. “…especially of a woman’s body the breast should not look like they belong to a non-virgin even if she happens to be married.” he added.

The article later reports:

The third employee of the store who was on a break before the protest began, joined the protesters and was cheered up on by the crowd after she announced, “I will not wear these sinful, men-attracting padded bras that make my jugs look juicy.”

Fox News posted the following story online yesterday, after news site Sify quoted the Roznama Jawani piece:

Read more on Salon.com and on Roznama Jawani >

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