London Tube says 'Sleeper Cell' ad insulting to Muslims

Sleeper_cell The London Underground is refusing to run posters for the series Sleeper Cell which feature the headline, "America's latest hero is a Muslim straight out of jail"—at least until the word "Muslim" is omitted from the campaign. Officials who run the Tube say the posters are sensationalist and are out of line with its advertising policies, "which seek to avoid gratuitoulsy insulting large groups of Londoners." The ad was given the green light by the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority, so, it will run, as is, in newspapers. As for what the headline is meant to be describe, the series is about a Muslim who goes undercover within a fundamentalist group.

—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor

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