An 11-year-old boy in Los Angeles is crying. He’s not shedding tears over the unjust means through which L.A. closes its budget gaps, or the millions of California’s unemployed. He is crying because of strip club billboards.
According to the boy’s mother, Ursula Pyland, he became upset when he saw a billboard advertising a local strip club. He thought the woman depicted in the ad was “going to be hurt by men.” This prompted Pyland to get the ball rolling on a petition that seeks the ban billboard advertisements for strip clubs in L.A County. Now, let’s get down to the brass tacks. If we start catering to the hurt feelings of 11-year-olds in Southern California, I am moving to Canada. I will move to Canada and open a taco shop and hire undocumented unemployed Americans to do all of the work.
Maybe the problem isn’t advertisements for legitimate establishments, supported by the community that may or may not be putting countless young women through college. Maybe the problem is your overly sensitive child who needs to learn how to cope with being mildly offended before he grows up to be an insufferable killjoy.
Additionally, if you don’t want parenting advice from questionable internet Mexicans, don’t pull your 11-year-old child into a political debate. Besides, any respectable media outlet is going to see right through your plan to push some prudish agenda by using the alleged tears of a child – unless it’s a slow news week.
Never mind the civil unrest in Egypt, or the severe medical condition of Jerry The King Lawler. L.A. news channels jumped on this faster than you could say fluff piece. And while they may just be giving the story its fair coverage, using words like “onslaught” to describe the advertising and rehashing complaints about billboards near schools make it seem like Pyland has a point when she obviously doesn’t.
Billboard companies adhere to strict guidelines about the placement of adult advertisements, including those for alcohol and tobacco. It’s not that difficult to get individually offensive ads removed or relocated, but to have them all removed because of one offended child is absolutely ludicrous.