Transport for London Continues Their Historical Priggishness, Censors Mock Graffiti

02.19.10 Marina Galperina


Massive Attack’s album cover art joins a Gay Times ‘freedom’ advert and a 16th century painting of Venus as the newest poster deemed inappropriate for public visual consumption by the Transport for London. While the latter two were just too sexy/gay, the latest offender is too much graffiti-like, hence banned to tidy it up for the droll Tube ride.

TfL is censoring band member Robert ‘3D’ del Naja’s Heligoland album art based on their policy prohibiting advertising that “suggests the poster has been damaged, defaced, fly posted or subjected to graffiti.” “They want us to remove all drips and fuzz from it so it doesn’t look like it’s been spray-painted,” Naja complains to BBC. Lame.

In February 2008, Cranach’s Venus representing the Royal Academy of Art offended the TfL tightasses with its 500-year-old semi-nude sexual content and in August 2007, two male models in relatively tame expression of intimacy apropos the 40th anniversary of decriminalization of homosexuality were nixed for the “unnecessary state of undress.” Meanwhile in McHattan, I can’t even gauge the amount of teenage thong-flossed ass I see on a daily basis (thanks, Dov-skeeve!).

Seems like they’re not trying hard enough or have given up over there. In 2009, only 41 out of proposed 10,000 adverts were rejected for Tube display, meaning they were all “descent” enough. Reformation time, prudes! |BBC|