Judge Nelson Johnson: Billboard with Nearly Naked Showgirl’s Back Side to Stay
ATLANTIC CITY – The USA Today has picked up a local story that is creating a lot of publicity regarding the billboard for the new Resorts revue show Moonshine Follies, which was put up last week on the Atlantic City Expressway.
The revue show, which begins its run Feb. 20, was inspired by the Roaring ’20s — which is the new theme at Resorts Atlantic City, an idea crafted by Resorts’ new owner Dennis Gomes, who took over the oldest legal casino in town last year — as well the popularity of the Prohibition era-based HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Then there’s the obvious pun on the word “moon” in relation to the billboard, which features a nearly naked backside of a showgirl. The billboard has greeted thousands of drivers on the A.C. Expressway and has caused some people to argue that it’s sexual content is inappropriate for minors to see.
In a complete twist of irony, Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson, the same Nelson Johnson who penned the book Boardwalk Empire, which HBO’s popular, award-winning TV series is based on, handed over a decision this week ordering NJ Transit, which owns the land where the billboard is placed, as well as its advertising agency “not to touch the billboard until a March 10 hearing.”
The AP reports that Gomes believes the sign “doesn’t hurt anyone.”
“I’ve got five kids and they’ve seen butts all their lives and they all turned out fine,” Gomes said. “When you go to the beach, you see women in G-strings all the time. In Europe, they go topless. I really don’t understand what all the fuss is about.”
Read USA Today story here.
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