Billboard With Giant Inflated Condom Moved After Van Nuys Mom Complains

VAN NUYS (CBS) — A San Fernando Valley mother has won her bid to remove a billboard featuring a giant inflated condom near her home.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports Eve Ragsdale said the campaign by the AIDS Health Care Foundation was spurring questions from her 6-year-old triplets.

Ragsdale said she asked outdoor advertising firm Van Wagner to move the ad featuring the words “Why not?” next to a billboard-sized condom because she could not avoid driving around it in order to enter her neighborhood near Victory Boulevard and Erwin Street in Van Nuys.

The office assistant and former teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District said she was not opposed to the campaign’s message — just its “phallic image”, according to the Daily News.

Van Wagner on Wednesday swapped out the ad for one featuring a plain logo and moved the condom ad elsewhere.

While the sign was less than half a mile from nearby Sylvan Park Elementary, residents and others who work near the sign said they didn’t have a problem with the campaign.

“I think it’s good to bring the awareness out because of all the diseases that are out there being transmitted,” said one man. “I don’t see it hurting anything.”

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