GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - There is controversy in Grosse Pointe Park involving a popular local publication. One resident wants to ban the Metro Times because it accepts racy advertising.
“You know, I wasn’t just born yesterday,” says Andrea Lavigne. “I know that’s prostitution."
Lavigne refers to certain ads published in the popular weekly. She wants community leaders to ban the paper because it accepts and publishes ads from sexually oriented businesses.
“If we’re constantly bombarded with sexist bigotry, sexist propaganda everywhere we go and, it’s just so normalized, then it creates a very hostile and dangerous climate for women and girls,” she say.
Lavigne believe these businesses are covers for illegal prostitution and goes as far as to call it sex trafficking. She’s taken her concerns to the Grosse Point library, where the Metro Times remains available. But those who would like a copy now have to ask for it.
“I think that’s reasonable,” says resident Lynn Maksym. “I don’t think kids are gonna ask for it if it’s behind the counter and I don’t think they’re going to give it to them if it’s not appropriate."
“I think it’s ridiculous,” says another resident, Kathleen Zemmin. “I think its people overstepping their bounds. I don’t think the library should be in the business of banning reading material."
The metro times is based in Ferndale. Valerie Vande Panne is the editor-in-chief. She says all advertisers must be legitimate businesses.
“Gentlemen’s clubs, massage parlors, masseurs must be licensed, escorts can only be escorts," she says.
However, Lavigne says, “They need to have some kind of ethical standing, too. Take some kind of ethical responsibility to society.”