Elegant Cane Yields to Crude Crotch


You have to wonder if this stately gentleman of circa 1800 and something would have ever envisioned an ad such as the one that appears over his shoulder. My, how times have changed. It makes you wonder if we've moved forward or backward.

by Steve Hall    Aug-18-05   Click to Comment   
Topic: Outdoor, Strange   

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"Stately gentleman of circa 1800 and something?" That's George M. Cohan, you boob. 1878-1942. And that statue of him at 47th and Broadway was erected in the 60's.

Posted by: Steve Rotterdam on August 18, 2005 1:32 PM

I keep reading (and hearing from colleagues) about the so-called controversy over this ad, and fail to see what makes it so titillating. I find it to be provocative and sexy, like most good fashion advertising, but not grotesque or explicit in any way. Am I missing something? I mean, have you seen a Gucci/D&G ad recently? I certainly don't see this as proof that we are somehow degrading as a culture. This strikes me as an uncharacteristically reactionary post for Adrants.

Posted by: Aatom on August 18, 2005 1:43 PM

Steve...sorry....we haven't committed every statue in the city to memory. And Aatom...yes, we do have reactionary moments from time to time. After all if we were continually pro boob, pro sex, pro decline of everything, it would get a bit boring around here.

Posted by: Steve Hall on August 18, 2005 2:16 PM

The statue is prominently placed. It's the object you step around while waiting in the TKTS line for half-price theatre tickets.

The billboard does conjure up old Times Square, though.

Posted by: John on August 20, 2005 3:29 AM