Northern Kentucky University Recruiting Students On Soft Porn Site: Suburban Cincinnati College Ads Are Popping Up Amid Sexy Photos
Sexploitation Photos Like This
[UPDATED: NKU protests to WLW, demands ad's removal. See below].
CINCINNATI (TDB) -- There is plenty of T&A exposed on this
Clear Channel radio station sexploitation site in Cincinnati where Northern Kentucky University has been running advertising spots. Not exactly the kind of place where one would expect to find a publicly funded state college extolling its educational merits. This is hardly Ivy League -- fig leafs would be more appropriate. Northern Kentucky University has about 15,000 students on its suburban Cincinnati campus -- more than half are female. Of course, NKU's spot is sandwiched in among some other noted outfits -- PNC Bank was seen running an ad on the sexploitation site. There are nearly 70 pictures of women -- some of whom do not look to be of legal age -- in various states of undress that show up in the photos on Sexy Oil Spills. All of the women seem to be rubbed down with body oil or some substance that makes their bodies glisten. NKU says in its promotional material that that its goal isn't slime, but to "mold" its student body:
Click on NKU ad T&A
"You know the kind of place that offers a comfortable, safe, energetic learning environment - a place that will get the most out of you and mold you into a person who will shape the future? We're that kind of place. Welcome to Northern Kentucky University, a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati.
"Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Ky. - just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati - we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. And while growth in numbers and reputation is wonderful, we are not satisfied with this success. We want more."
The guess here is that the university brass didn't actually choose to run its ads amidst all the skin. After all, no one in academia is openly trying to be Bourbon Street State U; they wince in Boulder and Athens whenever Colorado and Ohio University make the list of top party schools. But the fact that NKU's ads are sprinkled around on a soft porn site leaves it looking like Boob U, as well as a school that is run by boobs and nitwits. Clear Channel radio station 700 WLW -- the 50,000-watt voice of right wing talk in SW Ohio -- has a spot on its website dedicated to Babes. Somehow NKU landed with the Babes. As well as well-oiled women, you've got women in thongs and women in nothing much else but a smile. You've got a link to a site with women who are passed out in alcoholic stupors. You've got a link with photos of women putting their faces into other women's breasts. Northern Kentucky University probably didn't directly order up a spot among all that skin -- if it did someone should be fired. Clear Channel probably stuck the college with the nudies. But why? And the college -- which most likely didn't set out to get embarrassed -- winds up getting skinned by a corporate ad department. Too bad, because the school claims it really, really wants to make this corner of the world a much better place. It says this: "And yes - we want our students prepared to enter that workforce. But we also want them ready to lead, to change it for the better. We want them ready to make our community and region a better place. Students at NKU improve themselves - then they improve the world. That's what we're all about here at NKU."
[UPDATE: 11/15/10, 10:19 am -- NKU officials have sent The Daily Bellwether an e-mail saying they have demanded that 700WLW remove the university's advertising from the web feature. NKU spokesman Chris Cole said the ad was not authorized by the school. NKU wants an explanation from Clear Channel, and has suspended all advertising with the radio chain. Here's the full-text of the e-mailed statement:
"Your blog posting from Nov. 13 was brought to my attention this morning. As you suspected, the Northern Kentucky University marketing office did not authorize an NKU ad to be included in 700WLW’s “Sexy Oil Spills” web feature. In fact, the university isn’t even currently advertising on 700WLW. The ad you saw was a free toss-in on an older advertising package for added value. We were unaware of it until your post.
"That does not make its appearance on the site acceptable. We have contacted the station and demanded that the ad immediately be pulled. We have also suspended all advertising with Clear Channel stations until we are both satisfied with an explanation as to how this occurred and are confident nothing like this will ever happen again.
"Thanks for bringing this to our attention. As you can imagine, we at NKU take our image very seriously and we are pursuing this vigorously.
Director of Media Relations and Communications
Northern Kentucky University"