Virgina Metro Ad: “Go To Hell, Barack”
An ad at a metro stop in Virgina is causing a small uproar. But is it the political nature of the ad, or the profanity that is getting everyone upset?
According to The Washington Post, an advertisement for a movie about “Obamacare” reads, “Barack Obama wants politicians and bureaucrats to control America’s entire medical system. Go to hell Barack.”
But should it be taken down because it is disrespectful of the president, or because of the word “hell?” One congressman trying to have the piece removed said both.
“I am disappointed by WMATA’s defense of this inappropriate advertisement,” Congressman Jim Moran said via press release. “If their current advertising guidelines do not prohibit profane advertisements on taxpayer-funded property, then WMATA should take the initiative and update them. Profanity has no place in the public forum…The specific language in the WMATA-approved ad that should be removed is not political, it’s profane. It defames the President of the United States in a way that coarsens the public discourse. All Americans have the right to make their voice heard under the First Amendment. But when we are talking about an advertisement on tax-payer funded facilities, as is the case with Metro, it should meet the minimum standards of propriety. I repeat my call on WMATA to exercise appropriate judgment and remove this offensive ad.”
So what is this movie causing all the fuss? Well, it’s a fundraiser. “Screen SICK & SICKER and keep the ticket revenue. Re-sell DVDs for profit. Offer a combo-deal: $10 to see the movie or $25 to see the movie and take home a DVD. Raise money for your yourself or your club. Or, you can show the movie for free as activism, to get more people to show up at your event or to gain new members to your club. We offer an The Obama-ectomy Screening Package for $1,000—a box of 100 DVDs and a screening license that allows you to screen the movie, charge admission (or show it for free) and keep the money. But act now because we’re offering this package at more than half off, only $495 until December 31, 2011.”
Fight Obamacare and “make $?” Looks like the “go to hell” publicity is exactly what the producers need.
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