Pistons dance team's calendar draws group's ire

1/11/2006 - Detroit Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- A 2006 calendar showing scantily clad
women from the Detroit Pistons dance team has drawn criticism from
a Christian group.
The calendar shows members of the Pistons dance team Automation
in swimsuits.
Last month, the American Decency Association started an e-mail
campaign to Pistons' officials, saying the calendar is
inappropriate for a team supported by families, women and young
"To me, this is a form of prostitution," said Barbara Rotary
of Pontiac, who said she saw the calendar while Christmas shopping
and alerted the group. "The Pistons are profiting from using
women's bodies this way."
The association is based in Fremont, about 40 miles north of
Grand Rapids.
Detroit president Tom Wilson said the calendar is artistic and
tasteful and contains images anyone could see on the beach.
"We've had far more positive comments than negative," Wilson
told The Detroit News. "The girls look beautiful. They don't look
sleazy or cheap."
The calendar shows the dancers posing around Michigan. The team
gave away most of the 8,000 calendars at a December game, while
others are on sale for $13 in team stores. Buyers must be at least
18 years old. Profits go to charity.