Monday, July 15, 2024

My Bad: Chilean Politician Is Sorry He Posed With Inflatable Sex Doll

Even in the time of Trump, it’s a bad idea to publicly accept an inflatable sex doll at a major industry event if you’re a prominent politician. Alas, this was a lesson learned too late by Chile’s Economy Minister Luis Felipe Cespedes.

Tuesday night, Cespedes appeared at the annual dinner for Chile’s Manufacturers’ and Exporters Association, where Roberto Fantuzzi, the head of the association, gave him the inflatable sex toy. The “joke” appears to be the sign pasted over the doll’s mouth, which read “To stimulate the economy” in Spanish.

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Photos from the event show Cespedes laughing while posing with the doll and later walking off stage with it. Other Chileans were less amused.

“What a shameful job to hand an inflatable doll to Minister Cespedes ‘to stimulate the economy,”’journalist Consuelo Saavedra wrote on Twitter.

President Michelle Bachelet also weighed in on Twitter. ”The fight for respect for women has been a key principle of my two terms in office. What happened at the Asexma dinner can’t be tolerated,” she wrote.

Cespedes has since apologized, saying he was “caught by surprise” by the reaction, according to the BBC. Fantuzzi has also apologized.

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