DC Metro Bans Issue-Oriented Ads After Geller Pushes for Muhammad Cartoon Ad

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has decided to stop running issue-oriented ads through the end of the year after Pamela Geller tried to submit a Muhammad cartoon ad to WMATA:

Geller was trying to submit the winner of her now-infamous Muhammad cartoon contest––which depicts a cartoonist drawing Muhammad, Muhammad saying “You can’t draw me!”, and the cartoonist saying “That’s why I draw you”––to the DC Metro to run ads.

Geller told The Washington Post earlier today she submitted it and included the caption “Support Free Speech.” She said that if there was any sort of ban on the ad, she would challenge it in court.

Well, WMATA took a different angle by banning all issue ads entirely. And there are a few important details here, including the fact that this may not be a good financial move for them:

And then there was this comment, specifically about Geller’s ad, from a WMATA official:

Naturally, there were lots of stunned reactions to the move:

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