'Utterly Unacceptable': New Bid To Run Wicked Campers Off The Road
WARNING: Explicit content.
Wicked Campers, famous for their controversially painted vans, have been a staple in Australia for years. But it seems the people have had enough of their explicit and demeaning slogans, there are calls to get them off the road.
The South Australian Labor Party has introduced a bill to parliament to get offensive slogans off the road and are calling for the laws to be passed immediately.
Labor has said a campervan with the slogan "Masturbation is the only thing that isn't taxed, regulated or illegal" proved the need for regulation.
The opposition bill would allow authorities to deregister vehicles if a company failed to act on rulings by the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB), the national broadcaster said.
Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT have taken similar action, allowing authorities to de-register vehicles if the slogans aren't removed within 14 days.
Just weeks ago in NSW, organisers of the Wollombi Music Festival banned all Wicked Camper vans stating the company's "pathetically unfunny and misogynistic slogans" weren't welcome.
Splendour in the Grass ticket holders were discouraged from arriving in the offensive vans.
The Advertising Standards Bureau has received complaints about more than 70 vans since 2009. Messaging was deemed to be offensive to women, LGBTI communities and others.
The company doesn't respond to most of the complaints.
Karine Hilyard, Labor SA's spokesperson for the status of women has told the ABC that the vans need to go.
"The slogans on the Wicked campervans promote and traverse violence against women, sexism, racism, paedophilia, and they are utterly unacceptable," she said.
She's calling on the State Government to support her bill and get the offending vans off the roads.
The bill is backed by the Coalition of Women's Domestic Violence Services Of SA.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the organisation said "the slogans on Wicked Campers that promote violence against women, including murder, and that deeply disrespect women are utterly unacceptable."
They're calling on the bill to be passed in parliament on Wednesday.
"This bill represents a step forward in our collective efforts to end violence and disrespect against women."