Regular riders of the F train have been blasted in the face in recent weeks by towering, black-and-white images of women in their underwear, part of an ad campaign for the plus-size women's clothing store Lane Bryant. Reactions to the ads have been mixed, but one Brooklyn councilman is determined to make them disappear.
Councilman David Greenfield said he's been receiving complaints from residents uncomfortable with the close-up parade of boobs flashing by every time the train rolls in.
"Our communities are not Times Square. You choose to decide if you want to take your children to Times Square and to have them see almost-naked models. But in this particular case, these ads are running through family communities and we've gotten a lot of objections," Greenfield told NY1. "I wouldn't take my child to anything beyond 'SpongeBob Square Pants' and to now have him exposed to something that would be in a rated-R movie. I don't think that's fair to children."
According to the MTA, prudish straphangers have another three weeks of pearl-clutching ahead of them:
"These advertisements are part of a campaign running in outdoor formats across the country. The ads meet the standards for commercial advertising commonly used by transit agencies in many states. They are scheduled to run on the F train for another three weeks," the agency said.
Ad-wraps have made periodic appearances on subway cars for years now, but have yet to forge ahead into 3-D imaging, as the MTA once said they would. Too bad—that would really have made those breast implant ads sing.