Sexy Vampire Show Drums Up Controversy With Ads Telling Kids to 'Catch VD'

vampire diaries billboard1 Sexy Vampire Show Drums Up Controversy With Ads Telling Kids to 'Catch VD'“Skins” might be a bad example for kids to follow with all its cool-looking sex and drugs, but The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” is taking even more of a direct route in killing the innocence of The Youngs. Right now, there is a billboard in Times Square that instructs onlookers to “Catch VD.” Yes, there is a sign, smack dab between a Mamma Mia! poster and The Disney Store, telling us all to go and catch a venereal disease.

Entertainment Weekly has the photographic evidence. Here’s the offending ad, in all its glory.

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The CW flack has this to say: “VD simply stands for Vampire Diaries, and anyone who thinks otherwise should probably get themselves checked out.”

The Observer has this to say: Yeah right! It seems impossible that the execs didn’t know the implications here — especially given that it was The CW who plastered New York with the famous OMFG “Gossip Girl” ads. These posters would couple a damning quote about the show — “Mind-blowingly inappropriate!” said the Parents Television Council — with a picture of the beautiful cast members naked and sucking face. They were so incredibly awesome. So we have no problem with these “Catch VD” posters — it’s good, flashy, conversation-starting ad copy.

And, hey, it’s working. We acknowledged this show’s existence for the first time! Expect a ratings boost.

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