Photo: Madison Square Garden Takes Down “Offensive” Knicks Ads

| by Alex Groberman

According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, Madison Square Garden said on Tuesday that it would take down all of its posters associated with one particular New York Knicks ad campaign that had come under fire earlier in the day.

What did the "offensive" posters say that got folks all riled up? Well, one went like this: “It’s Friday night, you can either go out and attempt to pick up sixes and sevens or stay home and watch (Knicks guard Jason) Kidd dish out dimes."' The other wasn’t sexist, but did imply that men who worked in Broadway weren’t real men: “It’s Friday night, you can either see a Broadway harness malfunctioning or you can watch real men fly."

Personally, I don’t find any of that offensive. Is the idea of grading women based on appearance insulting? Sure. But so are the lyrics in a lot of music that is played in every single NBA arena in America. (And Canada.) Simliarly, is the shot at Broadway necessary? No, but is it really that bad?

MSG made the right move in pulling the ads, though. They weren’t funny or creative enough to justify any backlash.

(Kudos ESPN)

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