Mar 1, 2012

Can you imagine getting on a train and seeing an ad that tells the President of the United States to 'go to hell...'? Well, if you catch the metro at Clarendon Metro station (Orange line) then that is exactly what you would see.

Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran wants the ad, which is aimed at President Obama, taken down because of its offensiveness due to the phrase "Go to hell Barack".

Click here to read Moran's letter to WMATA

The ad is in response to Obama's Affordable Healthcare law.

Moran says families and tourists should not have to be subjected to the ad.

A statement was released by WMATA in response to the situation. In their response they noted that the ads that appear in the stations and on the trains are protected by the First Amendment as ruled by the courts. They continued to say that they do not decline ads based on their political content.

"WMATA does not endorse the advertising on our system, and ads do not reflect the position of the Authority," says the statement.

Of course, Congressman Moran was not feeling that response and here is what he had to say about the issue:

"I am disappointed by WMATA's defense of this inappropriate advertisement. 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."


1 comment:

  1. And yet Metro has fined people for using profanity in the system. System representatives have also indicated to the media, at times, that profanity is not tolerated because Metro is a family friendly system.

    Metro wants to dance around bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo, and throw common courtesy under the bus.
    Great! The DC Metro area is ranked as the third rudest city in the U.S., and our subway system doesn't mind reinforcing that. An ad telling our President where to go, and even using his first name to do so. Go figure.