BART’s very weird anti-creep PSAs
Talking about creeps has landed BART in some hot water. In a tweet earlier this week, BART’s new PSA poster references a song by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke while advising riders on how to avoid creeps.
Thom Yorke didn’t give us his input, but we’re still pretty sure these are some great tips for #AvoidingCreeps while riding. What’re yours? pic.twitter.com/CI7GxCoPKl
— SFBART (@SFBART) April 11, 2017
SFist called it “strangely tone-deaf” and that the ad implies “the responsibility lies with the victim to avoid disgusting or assaultive behavior, even though BART issued a longer statement denying that.”
Later, BART tweeted another PSA on how not to be a creep. But does saying “don’t be a creep” ever convince creeps to cease and desist? As a transit rider and occasional target, I think it’s sad we have to remind others to keep their hands to themselves.
Being vigilant and aware of your situation is good. Not being a creep in the first place is better. Do both! pic.twitter.com/ZbyNonwtRx
— SFBART (@SFBART) April 12, 2017
May we suggest some additions like don’t light someone’s hair on fire and definitely don’t try to hump your fellow passengers, otherwise you might want to watch out for tasers?