‘Vodafone New Zealand has been slammed for their controversial signage displayed at a kids’ play area at Auckland’s Big Gay Out event on Sunday.
The festival marketed as “whānau-friendly” provided a ball pit for kids under a banner that read: “Go balls deep with Vodafone”.
The Big Gay Out event at Coyle Park was sponsored by Vodafone as part of the Auckland Pride Festival.
Social media users were quick to condemn the telco for the signage.
The New Conservative NZ political party called the advert “vulgar” and “disgusting” in a post on its Facebook page.
“New Conservative calls this out as a disgusting hypersexualising of your children,” the post read.
“We are a conservative party, therefore family and children are a major pillar of ours. Sexualisation of children is unhealthy for any society.”
Vodafone New Zealand CEO Jason Paris showed his support for the signage in a tweet yesterday.
“What an incredible job the @vodafoneNZ team have done @biggayout again this year.
“Love the marketing line to describe our coloured ball jump zone too!” Paris wrote.’