January 19, 2007 / 10:42 PM / 12 years ago

Black comedian poster banned for using "Niggas"

LONDON (Reuters) - Posters for Afro-American comedian Reginald D. Hunter’s show “Pride and Prejudice and Niggas” have been banned from London Underground railway hoardings because they were deemed offensive.

London Underground sign is shown in this file picture. Posters for Afro-American comedian Reginald D. Hunter's show "Pride and Prejudice and Niggas" have been banned from London Underground railway hoardings because they were deemed offensive. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Producers for the show’s three-week December run in the capital called the decision “an act of overt censorship” and said it could severely affect ticket sales.

A spokesman for London Underground, which carries three million passengers a day, said it works closely with billboard and poster site proprietor Viacom to ensure advertising is appropriate.

“On this occasion it was felt that the poster is likely to offend so we took the decision to turn it down,” the spokesman said in a statement.

The producers of the show complained: “Viacom, in an overt act of censorship, have deemed the title of the show to be too offensive for public tastes and have stated they will only allow posters for the show to be displayed at their sites if the word Niggas is removed from the title.”

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