NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A series of humorous ads promoting a film about Muslims are appearing in New York City subway stations five months after a federal judge ruled the ads should go up.
The MTA said the ads for the 2013 film “The Muslims Are Coming!” violated its ban on political ads.READ MORE: 3 Accused Of Stealing Elderly Woman's Purse At Upper West Side Movie Theater
But Judge Colleen McMahon ruled in October that the ads were not primarily political.
The series of six ads started going up Monday.
One ad reads “Those Terrorists Are All Muslim.” The word “Muslim” is crossed out and replaced with “Nutjobs.’READ MORE: Robert Durst Hospitalized With COVID-19, His Lawyer Says
One of the creators of the ads, comedian Dean Obeidallah , says he’s happy that “funny ads about Muslims” are finally up in the subways.
MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz says the authority decided not to appeal the judge’s ruling.
The ad campaign is attempting to fight negative perceptions of Muslims as the U.S., and the world, faces accommodating millions of people fleeing Middle East violence.
The ads reportedly cost about $20,000 to go up and will be posted in nearly 150 stations across New York, according to the creators.MORE NEWS: 16-Year-Old Killed In Double Shooting On Lower East Side, Second Victim In Hospital
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