The mayor of Granada, Spain, has told a group of recent high school graduates that the less clothes women wear, the better they look.
Mayor José Torres Hurtado had just finished awarding certificates to the city's 10 students who received the highest scores on university entrance exams, when he invited them to a party in their honor later that evening. After telling them that they and their parents should dress casually for the event, he added, 'Y'all know, the more naked women are, the more stylish; and men, the more they wear, the more stylish.'
"So, let's all go in comfy shirts and pants, because the purpose is for everyone to have a good time there and enjoy the night," the mayor concluded.
After his comments were roundly condemned by spokespersons of all the major political parties except his own, Mayor Hurtado apologized for his remarks and blamed the more than one-hundred-degree heat wave Spain has been experiencing.
"I apologize for my words, which while unfortunate, were only intended to address the need for proper attire in view of the heat wave we are living through all over Spain and especially in Granada. I did not intend to offend anyone and if that is what I have done, I want to rectify it and apologize," he said. The mayor also expressed his "deep respect" for women.
Hurtado, a member of the conservative Popular Party, has been mayor since 2003. Granada is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain.