Give Canadians a new bank note and chances are they’ll create some kind of controversy around it. No matter what you put on it, someone will see improper things in it. When the Bank of Canada tested the first design of the new $100 polymer bank note, some focus group members spotted nothing less than a sex toy in it. Then, earlier this year, it emerged that some had complained the woman peering through a microscope portrayed on the back of the $100 note looked Asian. This reportedly prompted the BOC to redraw the symbolic Canadian scientist to look Caucasian—which, as all Caucasian Canadians know, is the “neutral” race.
The $20 polymer bank note, which begins circulating today, also seems to contain some horribly inappropriate imagery. The note, whose design was first revealed in May of this year, is meant to be a tribute “to the contributions and sacrifices of Canadian men and women in all military conflicts,” according to the BOC. On the back, it features the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, which commemorates the Canadian soldiers who fought in WWI, and particularly those who were killed in France. According to documents obtain by CTV earlier this year, though, many Canadians are unaware of what the Memorial looks like. Some thought it might be the Twin Towers. Others were concerned about “the naked women” in it, depictions of the Greek-style statues (read: stone breasts) of the virtues of truth, faith, justice, charity, knowledge and the figure of peace that are part of the actual Vimy memorial.
Personally, I really can’t see the pornography in this. Can you?