Another advert, another controversy, it seems. Just a couple of weeks ago a Grand Theft Auto IV ad was removed from Streatham because its gun-toting avatar was deemed insensitive in an area that had recently seen two gun-related murders. Now an ad in Crystal Palace train station for Chris Ryan's new book, Strike Back, will also be taken down because of its pro-violence message.
With a recent spate of stabbings making headlines, it's no surprise Londoners are on heightened alert. And unlike the image-based GTA ad, this one has some pretty evocative calls to action, listing "Rules of Engagement," which include "They bring a knife, you bring a gun," and "They bring a fight, you bring a war."
After complaints from passengers and a condemnation from the British Transport police, the station owners have ordered the advert off their property. Hopefully they'll replace it with something like bunnies hugging. Or Unicorns. Or Care Bears.