Newark outraged by pretty tame Akoo board


This sexually suggestive billboard for clothing label Akoo has stirred up enough controversy in Newark, N.J., that CBS Outdoor has agreed to take it down early. As Gothamist points out, a lot of the indignation seems to have been manufactured, as most people interviewed on the street didn't notice the ad until it was pointed out to them (though then they had plenty of damning views on it). Some are defending the ad by saying it's less explicit than Calvin Klein's SoHo boards, though of course that isn't a real argument for keeping it up. Newark city council president Mildred Crump, whose name is appropriate in an almost Dickensian way relative to this topic, told that she's "so sick of people seeing Newark as a place where they can do whatever they want." She can rest assured that no one outside of New Jersey sees Newark that way.

—Posted by David Kiefaber

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