Friday, August 4, 2006

Offensive’ Slayer Bus Stop Ads Censored After One Complaint

FULLERTON, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The metal band Slayer is getting slain by city officials in Fullerton, California.

The officials have banned ads promoting the newest Slayer CD, Christ Illusion, from appearing on city bus benches after receiving one complaint from a disgruntled citizen.

The posters show a skull, a “666” and the album’s title; and Fullerton spokeswoman Rya Hackman says once the complaint was filed, the city asked the advertising company to remove the signs.

Hackman says she can’t confirm when they will be removed, nor precisely what about the content of the ads deems them inappropriate, saying only this: “There are guidelines to approval, specific language. But this complaint was that EVERYTHING about the ads is offensive.”

However, Slayer bassist Tom Araya says the design was “not intended to be that controversial.”

In Araya’s words: “It’s hilarious, because we don’t need to shock anybody anymore, we’ve done that – we just agreed this art fit and that was it.”

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