Chile's Michelle Bachelet, the country's first female president, calls the economy minister's photograph with a blow-up female doll ''unacceptable'' and says there is enough ''machismo'' in Chile as it is. Gavino Garay reports.
It's this photograph taken on December 13th, that's causing all the fuss...Economy Minster Luis Felipe Cespedes posing with a female blow up doll at an economics awards ceremony. The sign in the dolls mouth says - "stimulate the economy." Chilean President Michelle Bachelete is among many who say they are outraged. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MICHELLE BACHELET, CHILEAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: "I think it's unacceptable. It's certainly not new to me that in Chile, there is machismo, sexism, even misogyny in some cases. All of us women have gone through it on more than one occasion. I think it's unacceptable." And Cespedes himself now seems to agree. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LUIS FELIPE CESPEDES, CHILEAN MINISTER OF ECONOMY, DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM, SAYING: "I apologize for the situation that has taken place. I am sorry for my actions yesterday. I think they weren't appropriate." The doll was given to the minister as a gag gift during a manufacturing exporters awards ceremony attended by an all-male group of top public officials... Apparently they didn't consider that the gag could blow up into something much more.