Controversial ads on the sides of San Francisco buses that equate Islam with Nazism have been defaced with images of Marvel’s Kamala Khan, accompanied by slogans like “Stamp Out Racism.”
According to SFGate, these banners — only the latest purchased by blogger Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative — went up on buses on Jan. 9, and feature an image of Adolf Hitler and Palestinian Muslim leader Haj Amin al-Husseini, who opposed Zionism. With the headline, “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s In The Quran,” the ads encouraged an end to aid to all Islamic countries.
The defaced banners, captured on camera by the Facebook group Street Cred – Advertising For the People, now sport not only images of the new Ms. Marvel — the Muslim Pakistani-American teen from New Jersey — but also a row of hearts so the message now reads “Stop the Hate to Islamic Countries.”
“Some amazing person has been painting over the anti-Muslim bus ads in SF with Ms. Marvel graffiti,” Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson wrote on Twitter. “Spread love.”
It’s unclear how many of the 50 banners were defaced. SFGate reports that although city officials have condemned the ads as Islamophobic, they acknowledge that they’re protected by the First Amendment. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency donates money from the ads to the city’s Human Rights Commission.
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