DC Metro bans ‘issue’ ads after Muhammad cartoon request

by Julian Hattem  |  published on May 28, 2015


The Washington, D.C., transit system banned all “issue-oriented” advertisements from Metro stations and buses on Thursday, after receiving a request to run ads showing the Prophet Muhammad.

The Metro board agreed to a motion from Chairman Mort Downey to ban political, religious and other issue ads through the rest of the year, a spokesman confirmed.

“In the coming months, Metro will fully consider the impact that issue-related advertisements have on the community by gathering input from riders, local community groups and advocates,” spokesman Michael Tolbert said in a statement. “Metro will also carefully examine the legal concerns related to displaying, or discontinuing the display of, issue-related advertisements.”

At the end of the year, the board will decide whether or not to continue the ban.

  • Sounds like a good plan to me. No city would knowingly put their citizens at risk of injury or worse. The lawsuits would bankrupt a city. DC isn’t the only city to take these precautions. Seattle, too. No transit signs for pro-Palestinian or pro-Israeli issues, either. No political messages. There are plenty of other advertisers willing to pay for the ad space on buses and subways.

  • ADRoberts

    I wonder if that would include those homosexual and Planned Parenthood ads too. Maybe it only applies to “issues” that might get them killed.

  • John VanderKelen

    No more “rainbow” related themes. Homosexuals are worthless fellows who engage in lewd and disgraceful behavior.

  • reagangs

    Smart move …. as the radical jihadist would target them more so than if they didn’t ban them. We must realize it was a mistake to let these idiots sneak across our borders. But the damage has been done and now we are on the defensive. Be ready for WWIII on the home front. Lock and Load and Rock and Roll.

    • I Seigel

      “We must realize it was a mistake to let these idiots sneak across our borders. ”
      You’re assuming that all terrorists are foreigners. What about American citizen jihadists? Plenty of those, too. I’m not sure anyone”let” these idiots sneak across the border

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