Controversial Billboard Raises Eyebrows In Manhattan
08/14/2007 07:36 PM
An unusual billboard advertising Manhattan Mini Storage on the West Side Highway that takes a dig at the Bush Administration is stirring up some controversy.
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The billboard on the company's building at 44th Street and 12th Avenue reads: “Your closet space is shrinking as fast as her right to choose.” A picture of a coat hanger serves as a backdrop for the message.
A NY1 viewer wrote in to the station, saying she felt the advertisement lacked compassion.
Passersby on the West Side Highway had mixed feelings about the ad, with some saying it crossed the line.
"I think it's a little bit over the top, a little bit shocking, a little bit unacceptable and I think they should take it down,” said New Yorker Gerry Creamer.
"I've always felt that their ads were just a little risquŽ, just a little unsettling, but I think that takes it too far,” added New Yorker Kirsten Carlson.
“I think it’s kind of crazy that they put it up there like that,” added New Yorker Dalton Adams. “I think it’s a little disrespectful. I think it’s a little inconsiderate and it’s big! I mean, it’s not hidden, people can see it.”
But others said they don't have a problem with the ad's message, or its imagery.
"I think a woman's right to choose is definitely shrinking and it's making a statement and definitely makes people think. It's interesting how they put the two together," said Laura Hollin.
Vanessa Valenti works for a reproductive rights organization and posted a picture of the billboard on her blog.
"This is fantastic. We love Manhattan Mini Storage,” said Valenti. “It was really refreshing to see a private company take a stand on such an important issue.”
Others disagreed, saying the billboard sends the wrong message.
"I don't think a woman's right to choose is shrinking," said New Yorker Steve Strauss. "I think Roe vs. Wade is still in effect, right? So they still have the same opportunity to make their choice as they ever did."
NY1 contacted Manhattan Mini Storage for comment, but they have not returned phone calls.