Santa Monica buses remove Top Model ads after complaints they “disrespect women”

Ads for The CW’s Top Model 8, which debuts tomorrow night, have been removed from buses in Santa Monica after some people complained.

The promo shot, which is also used on the show’s web site, features the cast posing on rocks by a waterfall. They’re wearing bathing suits, some full and some bikini.

“It’s a matter of public taste. We try to be sensitive to the community,” the city’s director of transit services, Stephanie Negriff, told Variety. The city received complaints not necessarily because of the photograph itself, but because, as Variety explains, “protests came from people concerned that the city was somehow endorsing a show that may objectify women.”

Negriff said the city took down the ads and refunded The CW’s money because “We wouldn’t want to do anything that would disrespect women.”

Inside Move: ‘Model’ ad tossed off bus [Variety]

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