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The Internet Is Upset With This Bar For Using Naked Women As Fruit Platter

Cruise Bar in Sydney's Circular Quay recently had a relaunch party with some problematic decor.

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A Sydney bar is under fire for hiring naked women to act as serving plates at a function.

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Cruise Bar in Sydney has received plenty of criticism overnight for its use of naked women as fruit platters at their relaunch party.

Here are the flicks from the #CruiseBar launch last night with a nude ladies draped in food.... 😫😫🍑🍊🍏🍌🍎🍇🍒🍐😫😫#NOPE

Guests were encouraged to eat fruit off of the women's bodies, who lay spread out on tables throughout the bar.

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A video was also uploaded, canvassing over two of the models.

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Male models were present, but it doesn't appear any fruit was eaten off their fleshy bodies.

I think I didn't get the memo at the @CruiseBarSydney #cruisebarsydney #VIP #events #launchparty #overdressed

🍇🍏🍋 These men needed no fruit to look delicious 🍇🍏🍋 @cruisebarsydney #cruisebarsydney #VIP #blogger #sydney

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And Twitter is also reacting with outrage.

This is the display tonight at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal Cruise Bar - unacceptable. #destroythejoint

Gee. Cruise Bar, the 1970s called... http://t.co/QVZUxQWAZ8

Women as edible props? We're not OK with this http://t.co/nfY913NR87 #CruiseBar @CruiseBarSydney

Melinda Liszewski, a spokesperson for women's rights group Collective Shout, told BuzzFeed News that the images were "deeply disturbing."

"It is hard to believe that anyone would find this dehumanising treatment of women acceptable in 2015," she said.

"Using women's naked bodies as stand-ins for inanimate objects is an example of sexual objectification. The women were lying naked, covered only by fruit, subject to the staring and comments of hundreds of patrons."

"One wonders what was in place to stop men from inappropriately touching the women as they helped themselves to food. The models were repeatedly photographed by bystanders with the photos distributed via social media."

"This is exactly what Cruise Bar would have wanted and why the women were there - sexual objectification of women is a fast way to get publicity for your venue. This is a nasty publicity stunt at the expense of women. We say that if your product and service was any good, you wouldn't need sexual objectification to sell it."

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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