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ACLU, PETA, Milo Yiannopoulos suing Metro over rejected ads

ACLU, PETA, Milo Yiannopoulos suing Metro over rejected ads

The ACLU's lawsuit also objected to the agency's decision to block ad placements for the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the abortion provider Carafem and the ACLU itself.

One of the advertisers in the suit is the publisher of risky, the latest book from Milo Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart editor and online troll who made a name for himself by bullying actress Leslie Jones and espousing the Islamophoblic policies of Donald Trump; Yiannopoulos has faded from public view after he was caught defending pedophilia.

To be clear, the lawsuit isn't just on behalf of Milo Worldwide LLC (Yiannopoulos' company).

It added: "WMATA accepted the ads and displayed them in Metro stations and subway cars - until riders began to complain about Mr Yiannopoulos being allowed to advertise his book".

Current Metro guidelines, established in 2015 following a controversy concerning anti-muslim advertisements, prohibit "support or oppose an industry position or industry goal without any direct commercial benefit to the advertiser", and ads "intended to influence public policy", among others.

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WMATA did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The WMATA issued a complete refund for the ad and refuses to put it back up. Metro previously rejected a series of ACLU ads displaying the text of the First Amendment as well as numerous PETA ads reading "I'm ME". Metro's ban of our ads claimed that they were "issue-oriented" and 'provided a medical statement which can only be accepted from a government health association, ' " Melissa Grant, Carafem's chief operations officer, said in a statement. For abortion up to 10 weeks.

PETA's ad showed a pig with the text, "I'm ME, Not MEAT. See the Individual. Go Vegan", banned from advertising with the WMATA. Its founder, Milo Yiannopoulos, trades on outrage: He brands feminism a cancer, he believes that transgender individuals have psychological problems, and he has compared Black Lives Matter activists to the KKK.

The ACLU contends that even seemingly innocuous advertisements for leather products, medical services and other books are not without their own presumed politics, even on controversial issues.

The complaint cites a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that held trademarks couldn't be invalidated based on the First Amendment, because the government office isn't in the business of view point discrimination. Strong opponents keep us honest.

ACLU also took to Twitter to make the announcement.