As regular Deets readers know, I have a thing for offensive billboard advertisements. Here’s the latest case in Minneapolis.
Apparently, there is a new billboard for Filgio’s in downtown that’s bugging some folks. I haven’t had a chance to check it out myself, so if someone happens to have (or could snap) a photo link to it in the comments or email it in.
Jenny from the GWSS 3390: Feminist Media Making blog offers a description and opinion of the billboard:
I am plagued by the â€œWorking the cornerâ€ billboard near my apartment. The billboard is of transvesite man (dressing as a woman) with lettering that says â€œWorking the Corner since (1980something)â€, itâ€™s for Figlio restaurant, attempting to make a pun out of their location at Lake Street and Hennepin Ave in Uptown. Instead of a clever pun, they end up with a truly offensive billboard that I see almost every day on my way home. To me, it suggests that transvestites are always sex workers, and that the sex trade is funny.
DBR at the Who can Say? blog says he has also noticed the Figlio billboard and has his own take:
The billboard tells us that Figlio is a hip place, I guess, for only hip people. If you don’t like the billboard, then you aren’t part of their exclusive clientÃ¨le. I don’t see how aging hookers are supposed to get you in the mood for mediocre pasta in a noisy restaurant, but I guess I’m missing the point.
Let’s see it.