Former Sopranos star Edie Falco is starring in a brand new advert spot in New York City urging the City Council to ban the horse carriage business, which native activist teams deem “abusive.” Charter Communications initially permitted the advert, however reversed course over the weekend and pulled it from their lineups.
New Yorkers for Clean Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) co-founder and president Steve Nislick mentioned he was blindsided when Charter Communications modified their minds and is now threatening authorized motion.
“We are writing to inform you that NYCLASS is exploring aggressive legal action in response to Charter’s decision to approve – and then inexplicably remove – our recent television ads from your cable networks,” Nislick mentioned in a letter to Charter Communications president & CEO Tom Rutledge.
“The advertisements in question include narration from Emmy-award winning actor Edie Falco and feature footage of injured carriage horses captured by bystanders on the streets of midtown Manhattan. In recent weeks, these very images have been broadcast on many networks in your system, including Spectrum News NY1, PIX11, WCBS and others.”
According to Nislick, Charter solely offered a imprecise clarification as to why they pulled the adverts, citing the “graphic” nature of the content material. Charter additionally didn’t supply any steerage as to easy methods to re-edit the adverts to realize approval. Nislick mentioned he seeks “further clarification” about Charter’s cancellation of the six-figure advert purchase and a proof as to what particularly was “too graphic” with its content material.
The horse carriage drivers are represented by the Transport Workers Union, and unsurprisingly, they oppose banning their tourist-heavy business.