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Naughty Ads - A Breach of the First Amendment?

By: Olly Wehring - 30 June 2010 13:27

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I received an email late yesterday (29 June) from a company called Star Industries in the US. Star, which is headed up by a chap called Martin Silver, is the owner of, amongst other drinks brands, Georgi Vodka.

Silver made a speech yesterday outside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City bus depot, protesting at the MTA's decision to pull two adverts for Georgi Vodka from its buses.

Apparently, the ads were removed “in response to numerous complaints filed by religious groups”, Silver said, countering: “This is a blatant violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The First Amendment grants freedom of speech to individuals and companies with the exception of pornographic materials.

“Take a look at the ads that have come under attack,” he continued. “Both women are clothed. No inappropriate body parts are shown, and in the case of the African American woman, she is cradling her knees so her chest is completely covered. These ads are clearly not pornography.

“Running these ads is our Constitutional right,” Silver concluded. “We must fight back against this obvious breach of the First Amendment.”

Well, here are the 'offending' adverts – whose side are you on?


Georgi Vodkas

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I have seen far more risque advertisements for any number of products on MTA billboards in both NYC buses and subway cars. It seems as though Mr. Silver has a legitimate gripe here.


Chris in CT said at 8:56 pm, June 30, 2010

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