Lucy the Slut, a fuzzy pink puppet, has appeared across the globe in Avenue Q, the musical that takes Sesame Street to a decidedly more grown up road. Lucy has earned her title, parading proudly in microscopic lingerie and a pink feather boa. For Colorado Springs, however, Lucy is just too slutty.
Local billboard company Lamar Entertainment has rejected bus stop ads that prominently feature Lucy’s fuzzy pink cleavage, with one top executive saying “I don’t think it’s appropriate for the Colorado Springs market.” Account executive Jeff Moore explained to the Colorado Springs Gazette that the puppet cleavage didn’t pass a test of his: “If I have to explain it to my 4-year-old or my grandmother, we don’t put it up.” I might argue that a 4-year-old and a grandmother may not exactly be the audience for this show, which includes such classics as “The Internet Is For Porn,” “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist,” and “You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You’re Makin’ Love).”
I don’t understand how this is so different from other cleavage-centric national campaigns. Are there no Victoria’s Secret billboards or Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition ads in Colorado Springs either? It is even more amusing to me that Lucy the Slut’s posters have been replaced by headshots of other Avenue Q characters, including Rod, an immaculately groomed Republican who is also a closeted gay man (puppet). Images that make fun of overt sexuality are “inappropriate” but repressed sexuality? That’s fine.
I have to imagine that Lucy herself is loving all of the attention. She is, after all, a woman who always knew she was Special.
For more information, see the Colorado Gazette’s original reporting.
Darcy Zacharias, CC ’10