T.I.’s Akoo clothing billboard has ruffled some feathers in Newark, New Jersey. The ad posted in a busy intersection has a woman kneeling to a pair of unzipped jeans. Mayor Cory Booker questions the advertisement’s message. “So often when I am out in the community I see kids wearing their pants too low and others using inappropriate language in public,” he said. “I will work with my city council to see if we can address it so we don’t see these types of advertisements displayed in our city in the near future.”
Five years ago, Akademiks faced a similar controversy when their “Read Books, Get Brain” campaign was banned from New York City trains and buses.
Heads Up: FSL
UPDATE: Akoo issued this statement:
The AKOO brand has always aimed to inspire individualism and creativity. Our advertising campaign was not created to offend or insult anyone but to simply provoke dialogue and thought regarding male/female sexuality within urban culture.
We hope that as more of the campaign is debuted, people will see the multifaceted personality of AKOO.