- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
This could very well be the worst tourist advertisement ever produced. In what looks like a home-made YouTube video, a young Danish woman appeals to the father of "August," a newborn baby conceived in a one-night-stand with a foreign tourist. The woman is actually an actress and the video was produced by the Danish tourist board, which has since removed it from their site after complaints that they were depicting Danes as promiscuous.
Believe me, I get what they’re trying to sell, and they’re hardly the first country to use the promise of vacation sex (admiittedly it’s usely slightly more subtle) as a selling point. But did anyone really think this painfully awkward 2 1/2 minute monologue would be enticing to anyone? Then again, this is the country that produced Lars Von Trier, so you never know.