Disgusting Decal of Bound & Gagged Woman Designed to Bring in New Customers (PHOTO)

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Now in what the heck were they thinking news, a Texas sign company has created quite the controversy by offering a truck decal depicting a kidnapping victim. The photographic image features a woman lying on her side, bound and tied, her blonde hair obscuring her face. The decal, which is meant to be slapped on the back of a tailgate, is incredibly realistic.

Hornet Signs, the company that put this out there, says that it’s meant to be an optical illusion, and they had no idea the amount of negative attention they’d receive!

"I wasn't expecting the reactions that we got, nor was it really anything we certainly condone or anything else," said Hornet Signs owner Brad Kolb. "But it was just something ... we had to put out there to see who notices it."

The sad part is that the publicity stunt seems to have worked -- Kolb claims that decal orders have increased since the controversy hit. Because nothing says, “Buy my product!” quite like making light of kidnapping victims and/or human trafficking.

With sickos like Ariel Castro in the news, you can bet the police aren’t too happy about the stunt either. The image is so lifelike that they’ve received a number calls from people afraid for the woman’s life. What a waste of time and resources for law enforcement, who could be out, you know, rescuing real victims.

While most people seem to be shocked and sickened by the decal, the company has received some support. One person said, “This American business owner has a decal that made the news. Like it or not, it works.”

I’m all for entrepreneurship and the free market, but geez Louise, can we please draw a line somewhere and keep a modicum of respect for our fellow human beings? There’s shock value, and then there’s just plain gross.

What do you think about the ‘kidnapping victim’ decal and the company that created it?


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adamat34 adamat34

Hahah I think this is funny. Everyone calm down.

PonyC... PonyChaser

a pathetic commentary on what our society now thinks is funny. Also on what our society thinks is acceptable. It's a staple of entertainment now, the assault of women and children. I quit watching all the crime shows on TV when I realized that they are normalizing the brutality. And now we have people making stickers like this, and others thinking it's funny, and telling us to "calm down".

adamat34 adamat34

Ya, fat people should be shipped off to islands and black people are lazy.....really?

You just proved my point. Go ahead, over react to that too.......

JS0512 JS0512

I don't find this the least bit funny and I'm a pretty laid back person.  This is horrible.  If I saw that truck in front of me on the road, I would call 911 IMMEDIATELY and not wait until I was close enough to figure out if it was real or a decal (because it would NEVER occur to me that it was a decal).  And I'm sure several other people would do the same.  Which would cause a MASSIVE waste of resources because there is no crime (other than stupidity) being committed.  I'm sure law enforcement doesn't find it funny either.

Taisie Taisie

Wow, I do think this "sticker" is just heinous and horrible, and I'll even add misogynistic to that description. Shame on this company!

gemin... geminishadow79

So long as no one makes me put it on my truck, I guess it doesn't bother me.

nonmember avatar Shlalg

Don`t tell people to calm down - this is disgusting, and hints at larger issues women are facing in society.

To get attention, this company could have easily stuck a realistic looking girl, lying down and smiling at you in the truck bed. It could still look realistic, and would still attract the same amount of attention, but more positive than negative. A person in a truck bed of a moving vehicle will be noticed no matter what, and the company CHOSE to go with a misogynistic, crime-in-progress design. It's not funny, you idiot.

They chose to have her tied up on her side, hair in front of her face, clearly a victim. A victim of what, well. At best, just kidnapping? At worst, rape, torture, and murder? For day? Years? Having this as an advertisement is normalizing this kind of abuse, and is disgusting. They should feel ashamed about this, and what self respecting man would want this on their truck in the first place? Who the heck is their target audience with this?

Cari Rickman

Not funny to my young children I would have to explain it too.  And if you think it's funny you have serious issues!

Nelli... NellieAthome

Ms Erickson says "I’m all for entrepreneurship and the free market, but geez Louise, can we please draw a line somewhere and keep a modicum of respect for our fellow human beings? There’s shock value, and then there’s just plain gross."


Answer - NO, we cannot draw a line anywhere. The same freedom of speech that lets you write columns that offend people allows this company to create a decal you do not like. Freedom of speech must protect unpopular speech or it is not freedom.


And personally I find plenty of what goes on on The Stir to be "just plain gross" but I wouldn't dream of trying to prevent The Stir writers or posters from expressing themselves no matter how often I find the posts/articles to be gross, ignorant or just plain hateful.

nonmember avatar Shlalg

Also, for those who care to, I suggest sending a friendly, but strongly worded email into the company. I just did, explaining all the connotations their ad suggests, and imploring them to stop advertising violence towards women. Hopefully somebody over there listens.

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