Cartoon Tuesday: Why Does Alabama Hate California Bikes?

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The online news outlet Digital City reports that the state of Alabama has banned the sale of Cycles Gladiator wine, produced by California winery Hahn Family Wines because of what it terms an inappropriate label.  Digital City reports:

A poster advertising bicycles dating back to 1895 is causing quiet a stir in Alabama. Hahn Family Wines out of California makes a wine called Cycle Gladiators and they’ve featured the original ad on the label.

Why
all the fuss? The ad in question (pictured above) includes the image of
a long-haired woman flying alongside a bicycle — wearing nothing but a
smile … well, she’s not smiling but you get the idea.

The cartoon lady could be considered artistically tasteful
but the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board doesn’t think so. The
board decided to pull the the wine from liquor store shelves statewide,
deeming the label as inappropriate.

I’m not sure why the AABCB decided the label was inappropriate.  Are they trying to make a statement about biking while intoxicated?  Is it because it doesn’t appear that the bike has brakes?  Are they worried people are going to try and make their bikes fly?

Ok, now that we’re past the jump and it’s probably just the regulars that are still reading, allow me to say that of course I know that they’re complaining about the naked lady.

  • It’s probably because the woman is attractive!

  • angle

    In order to maintain the gladiator theme, I suggest that the company should revise the label to depict the woman holding a massive sword, dressed only in a skimpy, metallic two-piece suit of armor. This should be perfectly acceptable.

  • Andy K

    No helmet.

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