Anti-Muslim ads have once again made their way to San Francisco buses, but this time, a Marvel superhero has taken it upon herself to give them a little bit of a make-over.
The ads compare Islam and Nazism, featuring a picture of Adolf Hitler with Muslim leader Haj Amin-al-Husseini that reads: “Islam-Jew hatred: It’s in the Quran.”
The controversial ad campaign is sponsored by none other than Pamela Gellar, the infamous U.S. anti-Islam blogger who has launched a number of similar campaigns over past years.
Her organization “American Freedom Defense Initiative” has purchased 50 bus ads for their campaign against Muslims and Islam, and this is how the unidentified artist has altered them:
The racist ads are now partially defaced as the artist has added an image of the Pakistani-American comic book character along with messages such as “Calling All Bigotry Busters” and “Stamp Out Racism.”
The sentence “End All Aid To Islamic Countries” has also been partially hidden with small hearts.
In fact, the only slogan that remains untouched is “Stop The Hate.”
“Neither the city nor Muni endorse the content of these negative ads,” said Muni spokesman Paul Rose. “However, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, including speech that is considered offensive.”
Previously, in 2013, Gellar bought advertising spaces in several subway stations in the New York area to display her anti-Islam message campaign. She used a quote from the Quran that read “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers.”
She also launched a similar ad campaign in San Francisco the same year, when her group purchased a number of bus ads featuring some controversial Muslim figures along with a message linking Islam to violence. The activists responded to this by inserting Gellar’s face onto the banner along with a speech bubble that read: “I'm Pamela Geller and I spread Islamophobia. I don't know why, but it's a struggle for me not to.”
The year before that, her group sued New York City transit when they refused to run an ad that said, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel/Defeat Jihad.” Gellar won that case with a favorable ruling from a Manhattan judge.