Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hey, Kids! Comics!

People always laugh when I say that Archie comics are published in the Middle East. "Don't you have to cover up Betty and Veronica," they ask.

Of course not. The Gulf has movies and satellite TV. Western pop culture, for better or worse, has no borders.

Nevertheless, certain cultural concessions must be made for the most conservative countries. So Betty and Veronica do not wear bikinis, for example. They wear modified burqinis. (In an unmodified one, Veronica would have her hair covered, and her arms & shins would not be showing.)

1 comment:

Linda said...

It might be a good thing if the modified burquini caught on in the US. Most of us are much pudgier than Veronica...