• "Gorilla Warfare"

    From Steve Asher@3:800/432 to All on Sunday, September 17, 2006 23:16:26
    I want a copy of this ad! :)

    Last Update: Sunday, September 17, 2006. 8:22am (AEST)
    'Offensive' transport ads withdrawn after complaints

    Western Australia's Public Transport Authority (PTA) has withdrawn a $7,000 advertising campaign because it received complaints that the advertisements were offensive.

    Three people have complained about the posters, which show an oversized gorilla wearing a fez on its head, because the fez is considered to be
    an Islamic cap.

    PTA spokesman David Hynes says the ads have been running since July, but
    they were pulled this week when the three complaints were received.

    He says the PTA has also withdrawn thousands of pamphlets showing the
    same image.

    Mr Hynes says the ads were never meant to offend anyone.

    "The decision was made to put the fez on the gorilla and at the time
    we did not think it was offensive," he said.

    "But if somebody felt that it was, for whatever reason, whether it was
    racial or religious or ethnic, if they felt it was offensive we reacted accordingly and withdrew it immediately."

    Mr Hynes says the campaign was due to be pulled by the end of this month anyway.

    "Given that it was within a week or so of its life anyway, it was just
    the easiest thing. We seek not to offend people," he said.

    "The complaints were lodged and we looked at them and thought it was
    a reasonable complaint, albeit I don't necessarily agree with it."


    Source: "Australian Broadcasting Corporation" http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200609/s1742677.htm

    Always something for the followers of the "religion of peace" to
    "go ape" over. :)

    Cheers, Steve..

    * Origin: Islam. A dog turd on the front lawn of life. (3:800/432)