Animal rights group NYCLASS blasted Charter Communications Sunday for pulling a provocative TV ad featuring “Sopranos” star Eddie Falco, urging the city council to ban the “outrageous” horse carriage industry.
In a letter threatening legal action, Steve Nislick, co-founder and president of New Yorkers for Clean Liveable and Safe Streets, said that when Charter Communications revoked its prior approval of the ad narrated by Falco, he was blindsided. was done.
Nislick said in a letter to Charter Communications President and CEO Tom Routledge, “We are writing to inform you that NYCLASS is exploring aggressive legal action in response to Charter’s decision to take – and then your cable network – will take action.” Unnecessarily remove our recent television commercials from.” .
“The commercials in question include narrations from Emmy-award-winning actor Eddie Falco and feature footage of injured carriage horses being captured by spectators on the streets of midtown Manhattan. In recent weeks, these images have been circulated across multiple networks in Your System. , which includes Spectrum News NY1, PIX11, WCBS and others,” Nislick said in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.
The Post reported on the ad last week and posted videos of fallen and injured horses in it. Some similar videos were posted in earlier stories about injured horses – provocative but not gruesome. One showed a horse covered in blood after it crashed into the back of a BMW sedan in Midtown.
Nislick said Charter executives last Wednesday approved the ads on NY1, MSNBC, CNN, Animal Planet, CNBC and Lifetime “without worrying about their content.”
“Two days later, we were informed that ad purchases were being pulled off the air with only a vague verbal explanation that the content was ‘too graphic.’ Charter declined to provide any details about what specifically was considered too graphic and did not provide any guidance on what action should be taken to return the advertisements to the airwaves,” the NYCLASS honcho said.
He called the sudden face-off of Charter Communications “disturbing”, as the footage shown in the commercials had already been shown widely on television.
“In addition,” Nislick said, “the ads are currently running on other platforms that have approved their content without hesitation – making Charter highly externalized in terms of censorship.”
Nislick said he calls for “further clarification” about Charter’s cancellation of the six-figure ad purchase, and with its content in particular as “too graphic”.
If the advertisements are not returned, we reserve all rights to initiate legal action and/or pursue any and all available legal remedies, including the submission of additional advertisements on the same subject, they said.
Charter Communications spokeswoman Maureen Huff would only say, “The ad doesn’t meet our guidelines.”
NYCLASS has used its financial strength to help influence city elections.
Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned for a ban on horse carriages in 2013 – and NYCLASS helped get him elected – but he still failed to get the city council along and decided to go inside Central Park instead of on illegal streets. Insisted to keep riding.
Animal rights groups aided de Blasio’s first campaign for mayor by running ads attacking a rival, former council president Christine Quinn.
Most recently in the Democratic primary for mayor in June, the group ran ads attacking candidate Andrew Yang. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams won the primaries and is the Democratic nominee to win the mayoral position against Republican Curtis Sliva.
Sliwa supports NYCLASS’ campaign to ban horse carts and proposes switching to electric carriages around Central Park.
Adams opposes a carriage ban but is open to discussions on reforming the industry, a spokeswoman said.
Horse carriage drivers are represented by the Transport Workers’ Union and oppose a ban on their tourism-heavy industry.