If you’re a puppet in Colorado Springs, Colorado, you’d better cover up your decolletage. If you don’t, you might find yourself banned from putting ads on the sides of bus shelters. That’s what happened to the touring production of Broadway hit and Tony-winning Avenue Q, a naughty puppet show/musical hybrid. The show’s racy ad has been removed from bus shelter ads by Lamar Advertising, who owns the bus shelter ad space.
Jeff Moore, the account manager who oversees the bus ads for Colorado Springs, says the company takes a conservative approach for ads in the Colorado Springs area. A large number of family and Christian organizations are headquartered in Colorado Springs, and as such, the company is careful not to step on any toes or, in this case, offend any eyes with sexy puppets. The saucy puppet show can still play, but the felt cleavage has been replaced by a slightly less offensive monster.