A Polish firm that makes coffins has angered the Catholic church by trying to drum up business with a calendar depicting topless models posing next to its caskets.
One image from the 2013 edition of the calendar has a blonde model, wearing only a skimpy thong and with a snake draped around her neck, reclining on a coffin. In another, a woman wearing a crimson corset is depicted pulling out the heart of a man lying on a casket.
"My son had the idea of creating the company’s calendar... so that we could show something half-serious, colorful, beautiful; the beauty of Polish girls and the beauty of our coffins," said Zbigniew Lindner, the firm’s owner.
"We wanted to show that a coffin isn’t a religious symbol. Its a product," he said.
As well as attracting publicity for his firm, the calendar is intended as a source of revenue. It is on sale on the company’s website.
The Catholic church has condemned the calendar as inappropriate. A church spokesman has said that human death should be treated with solemnity and not mixed up with sex.（Reuters）
drum up：動詞片語，極力爭取、招攬、鼓吹。例句：The UN tried to drum up support for the ceasefire plan.（聯合國試圖爭取支持停火方案。）
skimpy：形容詞，（數量或尺寸）不足的，吝嗇的，（衣服）太緊或小而暴露的。例句：He was busy flirting with those women in skimpy dresses at the party.（他在派對上忙著和那群穿著暴露的女人打情罵俏。）