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Victory Over Donald T. Sterling LA Times Ads

February 19th, 2009

Today, after nearly two-and-a-half years of struggle, and many more years of pain and suffering, the Donald T. Sterling Graphic Design Foundation very tentatively declares victory over Donald T. Sterling Corporation’s ugly ads in the LA Times!

No, DTS did not actually hire a designer to make the ads look better. But the ads have been conspicuously absent from the paper in recent weeks. As noted by “Anon” in the comments of the main blog post:

Well, it’s one month into the Tribune Company bankruptcy and I haven’t seen any DTS ads for weeks. Did the Bankruptcy Trustee decree no more freebies for Sterling and he has to pay the regular rate card like everyone else?

Maybe the contract finally ended –we had learned that the ads were actually a freebie for Sterling in exchange for LA Times advertising at Clippers games. Maybe it is part of the Tribune bankruptcy. Or maybe it is because Sterling is too busy being sued so he doesn’t have time to personally create the crappy ads. Or maybe, just maybe, our pleas to the new Obama administration worked.

Any further news from our loyal membership is welcome! We are not popping any champagne corks yet — as far as we know, we may start seeing the ugly ads in lighted billboards on every block or plastered all over the sides of buildings.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the campaign! We remain cautiously optimistic. Hopefully this moratorium will remain in place so we can finally stop spending every waking moment on this issue and turn to other pressing matters. I’m looking at you Odet, Vice President!

Entry Filed under: Art, Design, Issues, Los Angeles


  • 1. Jon  |  March 15th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    As usual, declaring “Mission Accomplished” is a sure path to failure. Insurgent Sterling forces have risen up and it’s just as bad, if not worse, than before. Check out E (Arts & Books) 13 today, Sunday, March 15. Looks like there were some last minute drop-outs for the Commemoration. Nothing else could explain that random assortment of empty blue rectangles along the left.

  • 2. Geo  |  March 16th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    What about some kudos to DTS for that fabulous girl who has been getting out of the pool for years on their ads. She is fabulous! I can’t get enough of her. Yes, they draw in a different colored bikini but I can handle that. Who is that girl? Who is looking at the type face while that chick is getting out of the pool?

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