Is T.I’s Akoo’s Ad Selling More Then Just Jeans??

Well according to some people that live in Newark it does. Via NJ.com :

Is the young, seductive woman about to have oral sex with the young man 30 feet above a major intersection of the state’s largest city? Or have they just finished?

Stand at the heart of the central business district, and look up. If you don’t want to crane your neck, walk back toward University Avenue, then turn around. The billboard dwarfs everything. At night it’s lit up and looks even — well, you can’t miss it.

This billboard was meant to sell AKOO jeans, a clothing line by popular rapper T.I. . . . but who can think of jeans when so much is going on?

Let’s see. Her head is just under his crotch. The belt of the jeans is open. Her right hand is between his legs, reaching upward and grabbing on the back of his pants to expose part of his underwear. Her left hand, not far from her face, tugs on his front pocket. Now look even closer. His hand — what! — is over the back of her head. Get the picture now? Does that say JEANS?

“What’s the message here? ‘If I wear these clothes more women will want to have sex with me,’ ” said James Sawhill, a Rutgers-Newark marketing professor. Maybe, maybe not. The larger question, however, is: Why Newark? Would it be anywhere else? Millburn, Livingston, Bernardsville? City Council President Mildred Crump is fed up with her city being a doormat for degradation.

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