'Red Band Society' Ads Calling Octavia Spencer "Scary Bitch" Pulled After Outcry

Red Band Society (Fox)

Stars: Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Griffin Gluck, Charlie Rowe, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Zoe Levin, Brian Bradley, Ciara Bravo, Nolan Sotillo
Team: Margaret Nagle, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Sergio Aguero

A diverse group of teenagers become unlikely allies and friends in this unconventional and, at times, comic high school drama, set in the pediatric wing of a hospital. This is one of the most ambitious and unorthodox shows in anyone's development this year. It represents a completely inspired way into young soap, a comedic one-hour, a hospital show, and a (surrogate) family drama.

L.A. Metro buses will no longer display the ads

Red Band Society advertisements have been pulled on Los Angeles buses due to offensive language.

The ads, which were promoting Fox's freshman hospital drama, referred to star Octavia Spencer as "scary bitch," which some deemed inappropriate. Spencer's character, the no-nonsense Nurse Jackson, is sometimes described as "a scary bitch" by the show's characters.

Following public outcry, Metro Los Angeles tweeted Thursday that they would be taking the ads down from their buses after the "community" aired their concerns to the Metro's board executive committee.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and the other board members communicated through Metro Los Angeles' Twitter handle that the "agency is sorry ad went up," promising that their "ad policy needs to be tightened to prevent ads with offensive language from being used in the future."

"We were notified yesterday morning of the concern around the ads, and immediately offered to remove the language," a Fox spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Metro Los Angeles ultimately decided to take down the ads, and we respect that decision. We sincerely apologize if the copy was offensive to viewers."

In July, FX pulled graphic ads of The Strain that featured a worm crawling through a human eyeball, which were used on billboards all over Los Angeles, after it angered the community.

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