World Bulletin / News Desk
A series of humorous ads about American Muslims went up in 144 subway stations around New York City Monday, nearly a year after they were banned by the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority because officials deemed them “political in nature.”
The ads were initially submitted to the MTA in November 2014 to promote “The Muslims Are Coming!,” a documentary that follows a group of Muslim-American comedians traveling around the US to combat anti-Muslim sentiment. The bright posters include tongue-in-cheek text like “The ugly truth about Muslims: Muslims have great frittata recipes” and “Beware, the Muslims are coming. And they shall strike with hugs so fierce, you’ll end up calling your grandmother and telling her you love her.”
After a four month delay the MTA agreed to have them displayed only to retract the approval based on a new policy that ads that were political in nature were not allowed. A lawsuit on behalf of Vaguely Qualified Productions, the company behind the documentary and the ads was filed in June 2015 claiming that the ads did not fulfil the conditions of the category and banning them violated the First Amendment. In October 2015, a U.S. district court ruled that the ads were not political in nature and could not be restricted.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Mart 2016, 11:03