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Back in December we took note of a potentially offensive Astor Place ad from David Barton Gyms that one blogger dubbed "psychedelic blaxploitation." Well, it turns out the blogger in question wasn't the only one put off by the pornographic campaign. Add Manhattan's Community Board 4, which serves Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, to the list of parties up in arms.
A Page Six item today entitled "Naked Puritans" reports that "board chairman J.D. Nolan is demanding an investigation into gym mogul David Barton's new posters in the neighborhood, claiming they're pornographic and should be censored," to which one community member replied: "You'd think we were living in Kansas." After all, the gym's slogan (one that has attracted celeb clients from J.T. and Gwen to A. Rod) is "Look Better Naked." But does that excuse the soft-core imagery being showcased on NYC sidewalks?
· David Barton Makes A Statement On Astor Place [Racked]
· Naked Puritans [NYP]