TV Stations Refuse to Air Anti-SUV Ads

Arianna Huffington and Lawrence Bender head anti-SUV television campaign.

Published: 07-Jan-2003

vision stations in New York, Detroit and Los Angeles are refusing to air ads that link driving sport utility vehicles with supporting terrorism, producers of the ads said Tuesday.

The two ads were produced for The Detroit Project, a media campaign organized by author and columnist Arianna Huffington and Hollywood movie producer Lawrence Bender, among others. Both ads were modeled on hard-hitting anti-drug public service announcements produced by the Bush administration that equate drug use with support for violence and terrorism.

In one ad, a man called "George" pumps gas into his SUV while a voice says that every time he fills up he makes money for oil companies who buy oil from countries that support terrorists. A map of the Persian Gulf shows Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran.

"What kind of mileage does your SUV get? Oil money supports some terrible things," the ad says.

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