Giant ad on Gatwick Airport causes stir

Passengers landing at Gatwick airport are being greeted by a giant naked pole dancer. The 9,000 sq m (100,000 sq ft) image is painted on grassland under the incoming flight path.

naked pole dancer

The advertisement is nearly invisible from the ground but can be seen from air. A Tandridge District Council spokeswoman said the ad was painted on the field without proper permission and that the council would take legal action if it was not removed.

Sports Media Gaming Ltd., the company behind the ad, said the council had no grounds for removing it. “I think they’re unsure about their own regulations to be honest,” director Stephen Pearson said. “We’re not going to remove it all.”

The Council to Protect Rural England said that the display was “a tacky advert which set a nasty precedent”.

This isn’t the first time that the company’s ads have appeared near the airport. In 2005, an ad for Lynx deodorant featuring a man fondling two naked women was washed off a nearby field after Unilever PLC decided to pull it, Pearson said.

// Comment: And I thought so prude are only the Americans. Come on, it’s just a drawing! It’s ridiculous.