Fayetteville Has Funny Way of Supporting the Troops

Ads Touting Military Sanctuary Offends Townfolk

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Fayetteville, N.C., wants to support the troops. It really wants to support them. But its enthusiasm, as portrayed in a couple of spots from ad agency The Republik, Durham, N.C., has some folks up in arms. Why? The usual: sophomoric humor, misunderstood intentions and COMMUNISM! (OK, I made that last one up.) But here's one of the spots.

Some of the other executions are even worse -- or better -- depending on your take. But according to the Fayetteville Observer, most had a rather negative reaction to the spots, one of which "seems to imply masturbation on the part of the 'official town official.'"

The ads, which apparently tested well with the intended target, have been pulled -- and by pulled, we mean taken down from some areas of the web but allowed to live elsewhere.

The videos were part of an effort to position Fayetteville as "the world's first sanctuary for soldiers" (apparently, Fayetteville's leaders and the creative team from The Republik just choose to ignore Judean history!)

"This isn't how we intended to launch this," Republik's Michael Randall told the Observer. "I don't think we were looking for anything negative."

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