When we last left our intrepid heroes, the “First Amendment Extremists” at Village Voice Media and the Seattle Weekly, they were on the receiving end of a swift kick in the teeth from mean ol’ Mayor Mike McGinn.
On Friday, Mayor McGinn directed all city departments to suspend their advertising deals with the Weekly, just because a bunch of pimps have used the Weekly’s ad site, Backpage.com, to sell teenage girls into sexual slavery.
It’s not like it’s VVM/the Weekly’s fault though. I mean, after all:
The whole point of Backpage.com is that we aren’t involved after two consenting adults find each other through the community bulletin board, which exists solely so that people can freely express themselves—sometimes in ways that make other people uncomfortable. We’re First Amendment extremists that way. Always have been.
Anyways, here’s another sterling example of the free expression you’ll find on Backpage.com, chock full of sex offenders, threats of violence, forced prostitution, and anal rape.