[photogallerylink id=100320 align=left]An advertisement at the Orange Line Clarendon station that tells President Obama to “go to hell,” is stirring up controversy. According to WJLA, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) is calling for the removal of the advertisement.
Moran wrote a letter to WMATA General Manager Richard Sarles asking for the removal of the ad.
“This ad is deeply disrespectful of the President of the United States and does not belong in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority network,” Moran wrote in the letter.
The advertisement is related to the controversy that has erupted over health care.
The exact wording on the advertisement is:
“Barack Obama wants politicians and bureaucrats to control America’s entire medical system, go to hell Barack.”
WJLA reports that “the Democratic congressman then went on to say that while he understands that WMATA should display ads, even those that are political, ‘minimum standards of decency must be maintained through a vetting process.'”
“I assume such a process exists, but surely this ad does not meet those standards,” Moran said. “It’s not about politics, it’s about appropriateness.”
To read Moran’s entire letter read, HERE!
Moran was not the only one who was against the advertisement.
WJLA has quotes from others:
“It is very disrespectful. You can find other ways to do it more politely,” said rider Shanelle Dorham.
“I wish they would say who actually put the ad up. Put your name on it,” said rider Rich Hinman.
A Metro spokesperson said the ad cannot be removed because it is “protected political speech.” The following is a statement from the transit agency:
WMATA advertising has been ruled by the courts as a public forum protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution, and we may not decline ads based on their political content.