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    ANTM Objectifies Women? Bus ads removed after complaints

    Inside Move: 'Model' ad tossed off bus
    Blue Buses ban bikini blurbs

    Wearing a bikini on the beach in Santa Monica is fine.

    Wearing a bikini on an advertisement that's plastered on a bus that's owned by the city of Santa Monica? Not so much.

    That's the lesson the folks in the CW marketing department have learned the hard way. After spending a big chunk of change to plaster "Top Model" posters all over the sides of Santa Monica's Big Blue Buses, the company that runs the city-owned busline has decided to rip out all of the posters.

    Turns out that a number of people complained about the ads, and because the Big Blue Bus is a public entity, the company felt it had no choice but to pull them down.

    "It's a matter of public taste," said Stephanie Negriff, director of transit services for the city. "We try to be sensitive to the community."

    Negriff didn't say just how many complaints she got but said it was "enough of a number that it allowed me to make the decision."

    Ads show hopefuls from the next season of "Model," along with host-exec producer Tyra Banks, clad in jungle-style bikinis. The same picture is being used in billboards plastered throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including Santa Monica.

    At first blush, the complaints would seem to be at odds with Santa Monica's rep as a bastion of liberal thought. But it seems most of the objections weren't from delicate souls offended by the sight of a little skin on the city streets.

    Instead, according to Negriff, protests came from people concerned that the city was somehow endorsing a show that may objectify women.

    "We wouldn't want to do anything that would disrespect women," Negriff said.

    The CW isn't the first entertainment company to run into trouble with the Big Blue Bus. In recent years, the city has also nixed ads hyping "Nip/Tuck" and the feature "Ten Things I Hate About You."

    Meanwhile, even though the "Model" ads ran for two weeks before being yanked, the Big Blue Bus decided to refund all the coin the CW paid for the ads.

    That could be why a spokesman for the weblet seemed nonplussed about the incident.

    "It's a jungle out there in bus marketing," he said. "Even top models aren't safe anymore."
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    ^I was surprised by that...i never thought of antm as "degravating" to women. But that's my POV

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    I was actually in that area this weekend. My friends go quite often and told me that I'd be in heaven because the city was decorated in advertisements. On almost every single surface. When we actually got there I hardly saw ANY advertisements at all.

    Though a noteworthy one was a HUGE ad on the side of a Hyatt on Sunset Blvd. Took up the entire side of the building. And on the IMAX theater there were quite a few large posters. I was told that the IMAX theater actually plays Top Model every Wednesday night during cycles. Anybody know any truth in this?

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    At least they didn't think they were bombs!

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    Does this mean a new promo
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    i doubt it, since the show starts tomorrow..

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    What a dumb opinion, those ads have nothing to the with those things they mention. Anyway, i'm sure the ads did their jod already.
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    Just about anything offends anyone today.

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    I honestly can't see who would complain about those ads. None of the girls were exactly showing all that much skin. Then again, apparentally people complain about Ten Things I Hate About You, which is basically complaining about...Shakespeare. I clearly don't see where they were coming from. And I've still seen the ads on other buses in the rest of LA, although I saw a lot more for season 7.

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    It's odd, like there's some Tyra rival out there fuming every time a bus goes by. Maybe Naomi Campbell made a few phone calls.

    When you consider the mess of ads and bikinis that is the L.A. area, I'm amazed that these were even noticed. Most transit systems are desperate for funding, so it must have been pretty strong pressure for them to take down an ad.
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