A perfectly innocent photo meant to promote tourism in the state (uh, population 683,932) caused a heaving, hysterical uproar when its tourism division displayed it on Facebook as a potential print advertisement.
Two young men and three women are shown flirting through the window of the Hotel Donaldson lounge in downtown Fargo (population 105,549) with the message: “Drinks, dinner, decisions. Arrive a guest. Leave a legend.” Cool!
Instead, some tight-asses labeled it a tawdry come-on, seductive, sleazy and racy. One commenter called the ad “sickening.” Are you fucking kidding me? I suppose these are the same folks who believe in chastity belts and no holding hands before the sanctity of marriage.
The ad was meant to showcase North Dakota’s nightlife (which, considering it’s the third least-populated state in the nation, seems a bit of an oxymoron), “to be a little flirty, a little fun,” said Pat Finken, president of Odney Advertising, which created the promotion. Sadly, the N.D. Tourism Department made a hasty retreat and yanked the ad, for fear of offending a dozen nincompoops.
It looks like what happens in North Dakota stays in North Dakota. *