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Gay.com billboard in MA comes down


Left: The “offensive” billboard. Right: Brian Camenker, director of Article 8 Alliance: ”You have two men embracing, wrapped in the American flag, advertising a porno website. How can you get more offensive than that?”

An update on yesterday’s “Wingnuttery in Massachusetts” post, documenting a Gay.com billboard that, according to local AmTaliban group Article 8 Alliance, was “pretty disgusting” and “desecrated the American flag.” Brian Camenker had his sheeple call in to complain to ClearChannel Communications to take the billboard down, which it agreed to do under pressure yesterday. They caved over FIVE phone calls. The official word from CC, at Boston.com:

The image, an ad for the San Francisco-based dating and news website Gay.com, was scheduled to come down tomorrow, but the complaints motivated the company to remove it one day early, said Drew Hoffman, president of Clear Channel Outdoor, a Phoenix-based media company. ”We’re very sensitive to the community concerns,” he said in a telephone interview from his office in Stoneham. Spencer Moore, a spokesman for Gay.com, said the company was not upset the ad is coming down a day early. Clear Channel received about five complaint calls yesterday, Hoffman said.

…Moore, of Gay.com, said the website is not a pornographic site. It offers online dating services, along with editorial and commercial content, he said. Moore said he had not spoken with Clear Channel representatives yesterday. ”As far as we know, the contract expired,” he said. Gay.com is planning a new fall ad campaign, which will most likely include Boston, and it plans to work with Clear Channel again, he said.

Gay.com could, however, pursue legal action against Clear Channel, if it chose to, said Sarah Wunsch, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. The media company may have violated its contract with the advertiser and interfered with its state civil rights, she said. ‘‘It’s pathetic that Clear Channel caved in with a complaint from the Article 8 Alliance. I consider them quite a fringe, on-the-edge kind of group.”

Article 8 Alliance is also working to overturn same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Here’s what replaced the Gay.com billboard:

Thanks to House Blender Todd for the pointer.

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