FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – It is simply seven phrases lengthy, however that is sufficient to start out a firestorm: “Actual males present. Actual ladies recognize it.”
A billboard containing these phrases sits alongside an interstate in North Carolina, and it is inflaming passions. Some individuals discover the message sexist.
A gaggle of those that do not just like the billboard’s message plan to carry a protest this weekend.
Molly Grace says she’s by no means organized a protest earlier than, however she’s placing one collectively now after seeing the billboard earlier this week.
Grace, who owns a clothes and way of life retailer in Winston-Salem, says the purpose of the protest is not to convey the billboard down (though she would not be unhappy to see it go) however to rail towards the message behind it.
“We aren’t protesting the proper to have a billboard or categorical a message on it,” she informed CNN. “That is solely a protest towards the kind of considering that creates a message like that.”
Grace, who took to Fb to arrange the protest, feels the message promotes patriarchy and sexism and an antiquated mind-set about ladies.
“We’re protesting the implied demand that ladies be silent and respect, no matter no matter circumstances, their position as non-suppliers,” she wrote within the submit.
Or, as she later advised CNN, that ladies ought to “shut up and smile and be pleased about what this man does for you.”
Initially the protest was going to be held Sunday morning instantly beneath the billboard, however that might have protesters standing instantly subsequent to a busy interstate, so for security’s sake, Grace is shifting it to someplace in downtown Winston-Salem.
Thus far a few hundred individuals have stated on Fb that they may attend.
Simply the messenger
So who put the billboard up?
Invoice Whiteheart is aware of, however he cannot reveal who it’s. Whiteheart, president of Whiteheart Outside Promoting, says the group that rented the billboard needs to remain nameless, for now.
Whiteheart would say the billboard value the group about $2,000 and was put up Friday morning. The billboard is rented for 30 days however could be renewed to run longer if the group wishes.
He confused that the message on the billboard should not be confused as coming from his firm.
“We’re not supportive of or in opposition to the message,” he advised CNN. “We’re simply the messenger.”