Colo. Town Censors Busty Avenue Q Puppet

Billboard firm decides puppet cleavage too racy for Colorado Springs

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 24, 2010 5:19 AM CST

(Newser) Avenue Q puppet Lucy the Slut is too slutty for the fine people of Colorado Springs, according to a local billboard company. The firm decided that a bus stop ad for the risque Broadway show which featured Lucy in a top revealing plenty of puppet cleavage "wasn't appropriate for their market," according to an exec the entertainment company bringing the show to small cities around the country.

An exec at the billboard firm says ads need to pass a simple test. “If I have to explain it to my 4-year-old or my grandmother, we don’t put it up," he told the Colorado Springs Gazette. The city—nicknamed "the Evangelical Vatican" because of its high concentration of church HQs—will now see ads featuring other Avenue Q stars, including Rod, the buttoned-down closeted gay Republican, the Los Angeles Times notes.

This image provided by NewSpace Entertainment on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 shows a promotional poster for the play "Avenue Q."   (AP Photo/NewSpace Entertainment)
Closeted gay puppet Rod checks out cloth cleavage sported by Avenue Q's Lucy the Slut.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
Performers in the Broadway company of "Avenue Q," Jennifer Barnhart with Lucy the Slut, left, and Robert McClure with Rod, pose in New York.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
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