New York, NY - Orthodox Jewish Group Asks MTA to Remove Inappropriate Subway Ads
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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