City Paper is not for tourists
In an effort to raise AIDS awareness, a group of 30 advertising executives printed posters of the Washington Monument sheathed in a giant, neon-pink condom, accompanied by the slogan: “One Cover-Up Washington Can Live With.” The admen donated 8,000 posters to 20 advocacy groups—with the idea that the organizations could sell them to raise funds. But calls placed to a random sampling of those 20 groups found that several refused to participate in the so-called cover-up. So Others Might Eat and IMPACT-DC found the posters offensive and returned them, while Inner City AIDS Network says it never received them. The advertising geniuses responsible for the controversial graphic of the world’s largest phallic symbol, according to their PR representative, wish to remain “unanimous”—perhaps he meant “anonymous”—and let the image speak for itself.