ACLU Suing DC Metro System for Banning Provocative Ads

Will represent diverse group of plaintiffs—including alt-right Milo Yiannopoulos


The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) over its advertising restrictions.

One notable individual the ACLU is suing on behalf of is former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, whose book was not allowed to be advertised on the train and bus system. WMATA had initially advertised Yiannopoulos' book, Dangerous, but removed the ads after complaints.

The ACLU is also suing on behalf of itself, PETA, and a network involved in birth control and abortion. Carafem, which provides birth control and abortion, wanted to advertise its abortion pill that can be used for up to 10 weeks after conception.

The ACLU released a statement about its lawsuit on Wednesday discussing each client, including Yiannopoulos:

That brings us to our final client: Milo Worldwide LLC. Its founder, Milo Yiannopoulos, trades on outrage: He brands feminism a cancer, he believes that transgender individuals have psychological problems, and he has compared Black Lives Matter activists to the KKK. The ACLU condemns many of the values he espouses (and he, of course, condemns many of the values the ACLU espouses).

Dangerous was released on July 4.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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