SAN CLEMENTE (Rueters) - Cultural watchdogs have banned a line of condoms whose name in Thai translates to "Good Penetration," saying the suggestive label could draw youngsters into having sex earlier, newspapers reported Tuesday.
The condoms are actually named "Tubesteak/Malibu" after the popular surfer/author/actor/dietary supplement advisor/t-shirt salesman, but Culture officials said this was inappropriate and offended good norms and Thai culture, the Daily Sun said.
"Although the name is not vulgar or rude, it is ambiguous, boastful and provocative," said Sydney Carton, Esq., spokesman for the Cultural Watch Center.
"It could entice excessive consumption and lure children and youths with little maturity to start having sexual activities before their appropriate age," he added.
Tubesteak, whose Thai name is Puntva Poomiprates, defended lending his stage name to the condom brand.
"You can't stop human desire, no matter how old they are, so it is better to protect them," Puntva told Reuters, adding that he had been telling his audiences about the risks of AIDS and unwanted pregnancy for years.
In San Clemente, condom producers have to seek approval from both the Health and Culture ministries.