QR Codes on Athletes' Butts Is a Stupid, Sexist Idea

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For some reason, beach volleyball isn't taken all that seriously in the UK. Why? It's a legitimate sport. It's not all about the sex. So how are these athletes battling the stigma? With QR codes on their asses. You're welcome.


First, let me just say that I respect the sport of beach volleyball insofar as I suck at it. High school was hard. So kudos to Brits Zara Dampney, 24, and Shauna Mullin, 26, for combining their prep for next year's Olympics with a bid for making volleyball unlike the lead-in scene for a softcore porn in the minds of their countrymen. They don't want to be sex symbols. They want to be Olympic champions.

But! Tell me how slapping QR codes on their asses is anything other than a sleazy. Ass-backwards, even. I mean, apart from the fact that you can't effectively use your smartphone while these players are moving. All you have to do is imagine the scene and it's both funny and really really creepy. Old men, their tongues lolling, whip out their iPhones to snap pics of these beauties' bottoms mid volley. Suddenly, they're all cheering for the wrong reason. Male gaze for the win.

But the worst part? The QR link sends you to Betfair, a prominent betting site. Great. Now the old guys have gambling addictions to boot. Betfair wants this campaign to be seen and remembered by sports fans everywhere. Sure, mission accomplished. But for all the wrong reasons, something I'm sure they're ok with. This is probably unseemliest marketing ploy ever, all in the name of Olympic glory and national pride. If this is the first time this kind of stunt has been done, it needs to be the last. [Daily Mail via Copyranter]


I'm designing some bowling shirts for our league team, and am thinking about putting a QR code on the back of them, and see what happens.

However, I am torn on what to use.

- Link to Rick Astley video

- Link to Flickr album of bowling photos

- Or the one attached.