PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The Phoenix New Times and a bar in Tempe are facing backlash on social media after a sexually explicit ad appeared in the print edition of the weekly paper that mocked the "Me Too" movement.
The ad published in last Thursday's edition of the Phoenix New Times shows three stick figures in a sexual position, and the hashtag "Me Too."
It promotes a performance by a band named "Slowpoke" at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe.
An article by the New Times says, "The ad was place and paid for by a band member, who is also in charge of digital ad sales at Phoenix New Times."
It also says, "The editorial and advertising departments are completely separate."
Senior management say they regret the publication of the ad and have suspended the employee.
Yucca Tap Room says it had no knowledge of the ad prior to its distribution and has removed "Slowpoke" from Saturday's "Winter Formal" lineup.
It says a portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to an organization that aids victims of sexual assault.
NEW TIMES STATEMENT:
The following statement was issued this morning by senior management at Phoenix New Times and Voice Media Group:
New Times and Voice Media Group sincerely regret the publication in the December 14 print issue of an advertisement that included crude imagery denigrating the #MeToo movement.
After a close examination of the events surrounding the placement of that advertisement, we are suspending New Times multimedia sales manager Andrew Meister and mandating his enrollment in anti-harassment, anti-discrimination and sensitivity training.
New Times and Voice Media Group do not tolerate sexism or hate speech of any kind. We appreciate the diverse community we serve, and we believe our employees have the right to operate in a workplace environment characterized by professional and dignified behavior.