Lamar Advertising takes down ‘secede’ billboard in Montgomery
May 17, 2014
Company folds under pressure
The League of the South’s newest ‘secede’ billboard was only up a day and in that short time became the subject of a lengthy and mostly positive news article by AL.com. That article quotes Dr Michael Hill, president of the League of the South, as saying:
The League of the South has a message all freedom-loving Southerners ought to hear. It is the message of Southern independence from a sinking, corrupt, and destructive government in Washington, DC.
The AL.com article was a hint at what might have been with a great number of people either seeing the billboard in person in Montgomery or hearing of it through the media.
Then, this afternoon, Dr Hill broke the news on a League Facebook page that he had received an email from Lamar Advertising saying that the billboard would be taken down:
As you are aware the League of the South billboard was installed Friday. Since then, we have had several complaints and several customers have stated they will discontinue advertising with us if the ad stays. For these reasons we are forced to have the copy removed. We will issue you a credit for the amount charged.
Thank you in advance for your understanding,
Dr Hill has promised ‘We will take all the legal action advised by our attorneys. I cannot discuss any specific legal issues on here.‘ He did mention ‘if y’all so desire, you can call Lamar Rep. Adam Freeman at (334) 281-0780. Perhaps a few pro-LS calls will help us out.’
On their Facebook page Lamar Advertising of Montgomery says:
But in this case, clearly Lamar did not have us covered. We do indeed have a message that we want to get out. And Lamar was very helpful in getting that message out in Tallahassee. But when a little pressure was applied in Montgomery the company folded rather than stand by its customers. This is very disappointing.
One thing to come out of this is confirmation that our message of Southern independence is powerful and one which threatens our enemies. Their reaction to the billboard tells us that the message works. We will not allow this setback to halt our campaign for the Southern people.