Newark, NJ, United States (CNS) – T.I.’s clothing line has responded to the criticisms it faces after its billboard in Newark caused some stir among residents. AKOO has provoked a city’s outrage for being provocative, although it has shown zero nudity.
The questioned billboard features a woman kneeling in front of a man whose AKOO jeans are unbuckled and the woman’s hands are grabbing his jeans.
Critics brand the image as “offensive.” Even the mayor of the city echoed the concerns of the citizens.
Mayor Cory Booker said in a statement, “So often when I am out in the community I see kids wearing their pants too low and others using inappropriate language in public. I will work with my city council to see if we can address it so we don’t see these types of advertisements displayed in our city in the near future.”
The brand released a statement, saying, “THE AKOO brand has always aimed to inspire individualism and creativity. Our advertising campaign was not created to offend or insult anyone but to simply provoke dialogue and thought regarding male/female sexuality within urban culture.”
“We hope that as more of the campaign is debuted, people will see the multifaceted personality of AKOO.”
AKOO is founded by T.I. and Grand Hustle Entertainment co-founder Jason Geter. The name stands for A King of One’s Self.