Supermarket in China apologizes for chart that labels women who wear larger sizes 'rotten' and 'terrible'

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Una catena di supermercati in Cina si è scusata per aver apparentemente presentato un grafico in uno dei suoi negozi che utilizzava un linguaggio sprezzante per riferirsi alle donne che indossano abiti di taglia più grande come “marcio” e “terribile.”

A photo of the sign, which appeared in an RT-Mart store, went viral this week on Chinese social media, where posts about it on the Twitter-like platform Weibo racked up more than four million views.
The sign was labeled as asuggested women’s sizing chart,” and laid out the different heights and weights associated with clothing sizes. Each size also included an adjective used to describe it: Small sizes wereskinnyand medium sizes werebeautiful,” while large sizes were “marcio” o “terribleand XXL sizes wereextremely terrible.
The sizing guide was intended for women between ages 18 e 35, according to the sign.
    CNN Business has not independently verified the photo and it isn’t clear which store featured the controversial sizing chart. tuttavia, RT-Mart on Thursdaydeeplyapologized for the incident in a statement posted to its Weibo account.
    After the incident, RT-Mart thoroughly inspected all RT-Mart stores immediately,” la società ha detto. “After investigation, it was confirmed that such an incident occurred in one store, and the headquarters has quickly requested the store to remove all signs.
    The controversy has reignited criticisms of widespread sexism in Chinese society, particularly around the pressure exerted on women to look a certain way.
    Chinese President Xi Jinping last month called for greater gender equality in a speech to the United Nations and a government spokesman quoted an oft-repeated sayingwomen hold up half the skyto highlight China’s commitment to the cause when asked about this issue early this week. (if you see the need to add this line)
    The incident also comes as the Chinese government is pushing an anti-food waste campaign countrywide in an attempt to ensure food security for the nation’s almost 1.4 billion people. To encourage people to eat less, restaurants have been accused of fat-shaming behaviors, including weighing customers before they eat and then recommending meals based on their results.
    One Weibo user said that the existence of the sign was an indictment of a broader culture of discrimination towards women inside the company.
    As long as there was one staff member questioning this, it would have been impossible to put it out,” the commenter said. Another said that whoever had written that larger women were “marcio” aveva un “rotten mind.
    China Women’s News, which is operated by the Communist Party-affiliated All China Women’s Federation, ha detto suo official Weibo that the chart wasdetestable.
    Don’t lose respect to grab attention. Advertising and marketing should reflect the corporate values and cultural image. A responsible company should not conduct marketing this way. Learn the lesson!” the group said.
      RT-Mart is headquartered in Taiwan but has 416 supermarkets in mainland China. It said that it would strengthen its internal management to ensure similar incidents don’t occur in the future.
      CNN’s Beijing bureau contributed to this report.

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