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Published on: January 21, 2011 09:30 AM
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New York, NY - The president of an Orthodox Jewish group that advocates for the rights of children has written a letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority protesting advertisements that appear on New York City subway trains for a cable television show aimed at teens glorifying drug use, illegal activities and other immoral behavior in young adults.

Elliot Pasik, president of the Jewish Board of Advocates for Children, an organization dedicated to the spiritual, physical, intellectual and social development of children, contacted Jay Walder, chairman and chief executive officer of the MTA, after being offended by advertisements for the program he saw while riding the subway.  Calling on the MTA to uphold its mandate to provide passengers safe and secure transportation, Pasik petitioned the MTA to remove the advertisements on the grounds that the immoral images and ideas projected will impact negatively on children, teens and young adults who use the city’s public transportation system.

With actors as young as fifteen, the show in question is so controversial that according to a New York Times report executives at the cable network have become concerned that it may violate several federal child pornography statutes.  Additionally, the Los Angeles based Parents Television Council called upon both the Senate and House Judiciary Committees and the Department of Justice to investigate what it termed “the most dangerous program that has ever been foisted on your children”.


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 Jan 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM Materetsky Says:

there is a line that can't be crossed. for example, the adds would not be allowed to have completely naked children in them , or adults for that matter. in additino, the MTA can chose who is in the adds. so something offensive, but legal , like "JEWS ARE THE WORST" would hopefully not be allowed. it's not censorship because this is not their own forum, it's the MTA. just like they can chose which adds go on the side of the buses and what is on billboards can be censored as well. censorship would be in they put out a pamphlet and we tried to get them to stop. in addition, for people who have been on a subway, you will know it's kind of hard to ignore adds when they are so gigantic and EVERYWHERE.... i wish the mta were more sensitive

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM shari Says:

hooray for sanity
i protested 2 or 3 summers ago about a very offensive bathing suit ad- on the subway- it was a whole run around- i finally got to the ad agency in charge of the subway ads- and objected - he was shocked that i was offended- but it worked- the ad disappeared- speaking up helps- same in the bank - a friend spoke up a number of times about the inappropriate dress of a "manage"- no less- the branch- swept it away- but headquarters didn't and the dress code improved- SPEAK UP

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Materetsky Says:

there is a line that can't be crossed. for example, the adds would not be allowed to have completely naked children in them , or adults for that matter. in additino, the MTA can chose who is in the adds. so something offensive, but legal , like "JEWS ARE THE WORST" would hopefully not be allowed. it's not censorship because this is not their own forum, it's the MTA. just like they can chose which adds go on the side of the buses and what is on billboards can be censored as well. censorship would be in they put out a pamphlet and we tried to get them to stop. in addition, for people who have been on a subway, you will know it's kind of hard to ignore adds when they are so gigantic and EVERYWHERE.... i wish the mta were more sensitive

I wish the MTA would provide decent service.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM Butterfly Says:

They are to cheap to provide decent service!!

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM Anonymous Says:

If you are really Jewish, you should not take the train with your children. There are worst things to see on the train then the actual ads. As a parent, trains are not the place to put an innocent child on. It isn't really a tzinusty issue as we can not control even what the people wear. What will you do in the summer when the advertisements are censored but the people are not?

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 12:40 PM AP Says:

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Anonymous Says:

If you are really Jewish, you should not take the train with your children. There are worst things to see on the train then the actual ads. As a parent, trains are not the place to put an innocent child on. It isn't really a tzinusty issue as we can not control even what the people wear. What will you do in the summer when the advertisements are censored but the people are not?

Lock em up I say.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

If you are really Jewish, you should not take the train with your children. There are worst things to see on the train then the actual ads. As a parent, trains are not the place to put an innocent child on. It isn't really a tzinusty issue as we can not control even what the people wear. What will you do in the summer when the advertisements are censored but the people are not?

...and you have a better option if one needs to get from point A to point B? or are you one of those "better" people who can afford a limo?

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 01:42 PM The_Truth Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

If you are really Jewish, you should not take the train with your children. There are worst things to see on the train then the actual ads. As a parent, trains are not the place to put an innocent child on. It isn't really a tzinusty issue as we can not control even what the people wear. What will you do in the summer when the advertisements are censored but the people are not?

I we all stayed in the ghetto, we would not have this problem, but most of us have to travel in "the outside world" at some point.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 01:55 PM Leon Zacharowicz MD Says:

Kudos once again to Elliot Pasik, Esq, who is unafraid to offer a moral voice--backed with legal arguments--to defend NYC youth from provocative and explicit advertising featuring minors. Commuters should not be forced to have such ads plastered all over train stations, bus stations, trains, and buses.
I look forward to Jewish organizations joining JBAC in this fight against immoraility.

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 Jan 22, 2011 at 06:26 PM Anonymous Says:

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The_Truth Says:

I we all stayed in the ghetto, we would not have this problem, but most of us have to travel in "the outside world" at some point.

True, but children who haven't yet developed the tools to deal with offensive situations should not be exposed to them.

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