A councillor has called an Aberdeen Christmas market kiosk “disappointing” for its “inappropriate” image of a policewoman.
Catriona Mackenzie, who represents the Torry/Ferryhill ward, has called the display a “sexualised” representation of the working women in the police force.
She said: “I look forward to Christmas and the Christmas Market time of year and it’s really exciting to have a city centre bustling with people.
“However, I’m disappointed this year that our family-centred Christmas Market next to the city council Town House has a display of a sexualised female – which I think is inappropriate for a family friendly setting.”
The stall is part of the rides and attractions at the city’s new Christmas Village on Broad Street.
She added: “The kiosk with the design on it is on Queen Street which is where our police headquarters in Aberdeen is – where there are actual female professionals working.
“They deserve to head into work and know that they are respected and taken seriously.
“You can see from the front of the ride the kiosk is a part of, that they have made the effort to put up different branding from Aberdeen Inspired.
“Clearly an effort has been made to make this more family-friendly and Christmassy.”
Cllr Mackenzie added that if the young people in Aberdeen are being invited into the city for the event, organised by the council, this image greeting young girls reminds them “there are still some people who will undermine them and objectify them” when they become women.
She said: “This is a city centre family centred Christmas Market – this isn’t a Magic Mike production. We need to take this in the context that it is in.”
An Aberdeen Inspired spokesman said: “We are concerned that anyone would be offended by artwork within the Christmas Village and work hard to ensure that no images are a cause for concern.
“Any concerns raised are dealt with on an individual basis so we can work towards a satisfactory outcome.”