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]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.