While the city of Memphis is gearing up for the world renowned Memphis in May festival, one picture is stealing the spotlight.
It's the one advertising the barbecue cooking contest on the Memphis in May website and its Facebook page.
Deborah Clubb, Executive Director of the Memphis Area Women's Council told FOX13 News the poster demeans women. She cites different exposed parts on the pig's body, including a dark "V" in its groin area.
Clubb says with the level of rape and sexual abuse in our community, nation and world, using a naked female image to publicize a huge public gathering is not funny.
Diane Hampton, the Executive Vice President of Memphis In May issued a statement to the women's council on the image.
"As the largest of all pork barbecue competitions, we use a pig in most of our promotional pieces," Hampton said. "We don't direct that the pig have any gender, and over the years have used pigs in all sorts of art. The design on this poster was to reflect a vintage look representative of art forms that were popular decades ago. It was never designed to be, nor viewed as, demeaning women in any way."
The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest has used variations of this year's design since November 2012.