Hoping to prevent a planned sex toy giveaway by Trojan, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has asked the salacious company to stay from Boston City Hall Plaza with its products, according to the Boston Herald.
“I would tell you in the strongest terms allowable that I feel this is an inappropriate and irresponsible use for the plaza,” Mayor Menino’s property management czar Michael Galvin wrote to Massivemedia, who plans to give away bales of vibrators on behalf of Trojan.
“City Hall Plaza provides access to City Hall for constituents from all walks of life including many families and children ... I request that you find an alternative site for your product distribution,” Galvin added in his letter.
Unfortunately, for the Menino administration, they might not have a choice in the matter; the public nature of City Hall Plaza affords constitutional protection to individuals or groups who choose to distribute and demonstrate there.
Despite the administrations urges to stand down, Trojan has wryly demurred.
“We are pleased to be working with the City of Boston to bring the buzz to Bostonians with the Trojan Vibrations Pleasure Carts. With this vibrator giveaway, we hope to add even more pleasure to the bedroom,” the company said in response.
The posturing should continue as both sides aren’t averse to confrontation. Trojan, for its part, recently went to war with notoriously restrictive New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg over a lower Manhattan vibrator giveaway that ended up grossly snarling traffic. Cooler, more lustful heads prevailed as Trojan was allowed to shift its operation to the Meatpacking District. The company says it gave away 4,000 vibrators with lines stretching down city blocks.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who’s been in office since 1993 and is the city’s longest-serving mayor, has ramped up his rhetoric and feistiness in recent years. This year, he made waves by publically stating that he’d block Chick-fil-A from opening stores in the Hub because of the fast-food chain’s strident campaign against same-sex marriage.