Victoria Beckham to sue pizza joint for comparing her to thin-crust pizza
An English takeaway joint is under fire for comparing their thin-crust pizza to "anorexic fashion icon" Victoria Beckham.
The former Spice Girl, now a respected fashion designer, is taking legal action against Sidhu Fish & Chips in North Tyneside, which not only named its 2mm crust pizza after her, but is advertising it with a crude caricature.
The back of the Sidhu takeaway van bears a cartoonish image of a skeletal Beckham wearing a bikini and a sash saying "Anorexic Fashion Icon" next to a picture of their Victoria Beckham Thin Crust.
"This is not thin," reads the ad, with an arrow pointing at the picture of Beckham. "This is thin," it says, pointing at the picture of the pizza.
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The manager of Sidhu Fish & Chips, Soni Sidhu, said they "never meant to offend" and that their customers understood that.
"If, in 2017 Britain, we are asked to take down this advert it will be a sad day for freedom of expression," he told Metro.
The ad has been widely criticised for suggesting Beckham has an eating disorder. Marg Oaten of the anorexia charity Seed said the ad put people "at genuine risk".