Pink Puppet Cleavage too Naughty for Colorado Springs Right-Wingers

February 25, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Colorado Springs, a city known for its religious conservatism, has served as a launching point for right-wing groups, such as Focus on the Family and is apparently terrified of pink foam rubber. And even more so, if its formed into voluptuous puppet breasts showing cleavage popping out of a bikini top. The pink fuzzy puppet breasts belong to Lucy the Slut, a character in the risque award winning Broadway musical “Avenue Q.” And a local billboard company refused to display a bus shelter advertisement featuring the Muppet-like character, because it showed too much cleavage.

The Sesame Street-inspired musical bills itself as “60 percent adult situations and 40 percent foam rubber” and humorously features the adventures of both humans and puppets in New York. One of its songs, “The Internet is for Porn,”has gone viral on YouTube.

The Colorado Springs billboard company, Lamar Advertising prefers more conservative advertising. Lamar account executive Jeff Moore, said “I just know in this market, we prefer to walk a little more conservatively.” Lamar at first approved the billboard ad for the popular touring musical, but then decided the image showed too much cleavage.

Kristy Maple, marketing director for New Space Entertainment, which produces the “Avenue Q” tour, said “My lovely rep (at Lamar) didn’t have a problem with it.” “We were in the process of putting it on the presses when one of the top execs saw it and said, ‘I don’t think it’s appropriate for the Colorado Springs market.’”

Jeff Moore said he uses a specific test to determine the appropriateness of billboards: “If I have to explain it to my 4-year-old or my grandmother, we don’t put it up.”

However, as noted by the blog The Stranger-Slog, a look at the Lamar Advertising Web site shows plenty of human images of cleavage and women in bikinis, available to its clients for use in advertising campaigns.

Apparently the sight of pink fuzzy cleavage was just too much for the Colorado Springs billboard company. They prefer their cleavage in flesh tone.

The poster of Lucy the Slut and her ample pink fuzzy bosoms has been replaced with a head shot of a blue puppet named Rod; a Republican who is a closeted gay puppet in love with his best friend.


Comments

4 Responses to “Pink Puppet Cleavage too Naughty for Colorado Springs Right-Wingers”

  1. Chuck Snow on February 25th, 2010 9:46 pm

    Ok- I live in Colorado Springs- this is not exactly the truth. A friend of mine is friends with Jeff Moore. Here’s his email-
    Jeff Moore is a friend of mine, and he’s not responsible for Lamar’s decision. Ultimately he was misquoted by Warren Epstein at the Gazette (who’s principal goal in writing the piece was to create this stir and outrage). I think it’s fair to be outraged at Lamar, but don’t crucify a guy who is simply an Account Executive at Lamar, who handled the Q account, went through the Corporate Policy of getting approval for advertising content by a manager who ultimately made the decision to pull ONE of THREE designs. I don’t agree with Lamar’s decision, and I think people should make their voices heard and let Lamar know their opinions, but posting Jeff’s email address is a little reckless.

    Be mad at Lamar. That’s your right. Also, be a little mad at Warren Epstein and the Gazette, whose only goal was to sensationalize this issue beyond its natural life of a typical news cycle. It’s a funny little story, given legs due to what I suppose is a slow. -Dave Weed

  2. Danny Johnson on February 25th, 2010 10:24 pm

    Do we have to make everything sexual. The article makes being conservative sound bad. It’s sad that you couldn’t take your child to ride the bus without having to see a puppet with cleavage. Is there nothing sacred anymore. Not a religious nut here, but why bring Focus in the Family into it. Yes, they are based in Colorado Springs, but do have to bash Christians every time something gets censored.

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