Thanks to the editor for this one as we enter the slow news period, with even the elites getting a bit tired, and they work 24/7, almost as hard as us.
So, we have:
“The models behind Bonds’ controversial campaign have spoken out after their underwear shoot went viral. Real-life couple Nicolas Rivet, 26, and Steve Samuel, 27, described the uproar as “confronting” and rejected criticism that the shoot resembled “softcore porn”, but said they had received “overwhelming support” since the campaign was released. Shot in Sydney and posted to Bonds’ official Instagram page, the ad depicts the two men kissing, posing topless and wearing Bonds boxers. Speaking exclusively to News Corp today, the Melbourne-based couple said the Bonds campaign was an important step “to see themselves (same-sex couples) being represented in the media”. “The main issue is that the photo wouldn’t be causing as much controversy if it was a straight couple,” Rivet said. “I think we need move away from this hetero-normative narrative, if we really want to see a change.” Samuel added: “They see two gay people that are kissing, and they think it’s racy … but that’s not what they (Bonds) were trying to achieve.” “A lot of people are saying it’s like softcore porn but we don’t see it like that,” Rivet said. “We’re two adults showing their love for one another. It’s just a little smooch, really.”