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(Lexington Herald Leader)   Big Ass Fan Company survives attempt by local councilman to have its mooning-donkey billboard declared illegal   ( kentucky.com) divider line
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2003-11-04 08:59:01 AM  
2003-11-04 08:59:30 AM  
When he was told of the council's scrutiny of the company logo, he repeatedly remarked, "Cool."

2003-11-04 08:59:38 AM  
2003-11-04 09:01:25 AM  
2003-11-04 09:03:15 AM  
Well, the link works nevertheless. Sucky Flash plug-in requirement, tho.
2003-11-04 09:06:16 AM  
Local councilmen are always trying to kill humor and individuality. They probably have big asses, too.
2003-11-04 09:08:58 AM  
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2003-11-04 09:10:26 AM  
If the logo that's being complained about is the same one as the company's website is showing, then someone needs to get a life. The name of the company itself, however, is offensive to many.
2003-11-04 09:10:41 AM  
Only in Kentucky...home sweet home
2003-11-04 09:12:11 AM  
They said ass! Lord have mercy! Bah, Americans..
2003-11-04 09:13:47 AM  
They should have mounted a strategically-located fan on the billboard. You know, for kicks!
2003-11-04 09:15:39 AM  
"Gee, that sign makes your butt look big."

"They said it sells. It worked for the Lumber King."

2003-11-04 09:18:09 AM  
more like "hero"

defeat the oppressor! and then sell more big ass fans!

didn't read the article
2003-11-04 09:18:12 AM  
Westover said every case is subjective. But generally, examples found to be obscene "have to deal with things pertaining to humans," Westover said, "and not another species." (my emphasis)

In Kentucky?
2003-11-04 09:19:52 AM  
Now is the "Fridge" on there because he is a big ass or because he has a big ass? (for those who did not look he was at the bottom in a promo item)
2003-11-04 09:22:56 AM  
"I think gentlemen should never cuss in public. I think it's uncouth behavior and not desirable in a civilized society," Stevens said. "If the sign is not illegal, then is there anything we can do to make such signs -- lewd and other signs -- illegal?"

this quote is really funny if you read it in senator tankerbell's voice.

2003-11-04 09:23:09 AM  
Hehe, the Fridge is a spokesperson.
2003-11-04 09:25:58 AM  
yeah, preacherman, that is the logo. my dad works for a fan distributor in SC who used to sell big ass fans until some dipshiat in florida wet his pants over the logo and company name. its funny, people. nobody can take a joke anymore.
2003-11-04 09:32:20 AM  
The idea of regulating signs to espouse community values on Winchester Road -- a popular strip for adult night clubs and bookstores -- was a "paradox," said Councilwoman Sandy Stevens

A paradox?

A paradox!

A most ingenious paradox!
2003-11-04 09:34:21 AM  
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2003-11-04 09:35:31 AM  
2003-11-04 09:35:34 AM  
It's a donkey.

Wow. Some people seriously have no lives if that is what they find offensive.
2003-11-04 09:36:25 AM  
Wonder if Letterman will pick this up for Big Ass Hams?
2003-11-04 09:40:43 AM  
The crazy thing about this is the fact that Big Ass Fans is located just down Winchester Road from a bunch of strip clubs and adult bookstores.

Then again, Lexington/Fayette County's Urban-County Council has a history of stupidity.

A few years ago, the council attempted to restrict adult entertainment. At the time, topless dancing was allowed, but bottomless was not. In an attempt to require topless dancers to wear pasties, they somehow worded the law in such a way that totally nude dancing is now legal in Lexington, when it wasn't before the council acted.

The Urban-County Council here just loves to get involved in petty, bullshiat stuff while ignoring the real issues that affect people who live here.
2003-11-04 09:44:17 AM  
I've had some of their postcard ads at work. Their spokeperson is "Refrigerator" Perry. Is he all they could get? There are so many big asses in this world I won't even start a list.
2003-11-04 09:45:39 AM  
Wow, that's one big ass spokesman!
2003-11-04 09:46:42 AM  
Councilman David Stevens: fark U!

It's assholes like you we do NOT need running around thinking they can regulate our every move and our every thought.
2003-11-04 09:48:47 AM  
I think the sign is pretty damn funny. I laugh my ass off every time I drive past it. Oh, hope no councilmen see this since I said ass.
2003-11-04 09:50:31 AM  
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A division of..
2003-11-04 09:51:18 AM  
The word ass is mentioned a lot in the Bible. It makes me laugh a lot.
2003-11-04 09:52:55 AM  
The wall where the sign is used to have a giant painted billboard for a whiskey co. I thought it was quite beautiful (hand painted wall paintings aren't common these days).

Big Ass Fans moved into the building and painted their own sign. Anyone who has seen the change can tell you that it went from beautiful to slappy (a silhouette of a buffalo on a hill w/ sunset behind, to the image the ass's ass). It's a big change.

Down the street is another wall which was painted and was also in the news. It's a sign painted graffiti style. The area is never going to get out of it's new image ("seedy") at this rate.

I feel sorry for Jiff (peanut butter) and the furnishing companyies around there.
2003-11-04 09:56:33 AM  
I remember the Buffalo Trace wall, that was pretty nice. I haven't noticed the new one yet, but I don't go out that way very much anymore. Usually heading to Murphy's, and anymore I am coming from the other direction.
2003-11-04 09:57:29 AM  
The mural shows the donkey exposing her bare rear ....

I wonder about people who feel the need to point out that animals don't wear clothes.

Maybe if they put a thong on her?
2003-11-04 09:59:28 AM  
Regarding the dancing, what actually happened was Deja Vu challenged the new law. They got it fixed so that if no alcohol is served, people 18 and over can come in, with full nude dancers, and if they do serve then 21 and over can watch full nude girls.
2003-11-04 10:00:52 AM  
I love it! The Fridge as spokesman for Big Ass Fan Co.
2003-11-04 10:15:07 AM  
Ha! I drive by that place every day. Big donkey (ass) showing its rear. The tagline is "High volume, low speed fans;" Big Ass Fans. Yep.
2003-11-04 10:16:30 AM  
The company I work for just intalled one of these fans in the new warehouse expansion a few months ago. One of the other managers asked me "Have you seen the new Big Ass fan they put in?"

I thought he was just being colorfully descriptive until I saw the logo on the thing...amusing.
2003-11-04 10:20:04 AM  
Having looked through their gallery may I say, those are some big ass fans.
2003-11-04 10:20:23 AM  
jcblack, it used to be a painting for Buffalo Trace whiskey. It actually had a buffalo (not just the silhouette) for a while, then they painted it into a silhouette, then the big ass. Donkey, that is.
2003-11-04 10:22:17 AM  
king_nacho, you're right about that. Walter Brown, the owner of the now-defunct Thee Clubhouse, also challenged the law.

But there was something in the wording of the law which allowed them to create the full-nude loophole. Remember, they also intended to make dancers stay six feet away from patrons, but lap dances are still going strong.
2003-11-04 10:25:30 AM  
I wonder about people who feel the need to point out that animals don't wear clothes.

A lifetime of exposure to cartoons can make people confused when it comes to that topic.

I remember being terribly confused as a kid watching a particular Donald Duck 'toon. DD doesn't wear pants. He is constantly naked from the waist down. However, in this cartoon his shirt is taken away from him, and his reaction is to cover his crotch! His crotch! Which is ALWAYS bare!

Okay, so I'm still confused.
2003-11-04 10:26:46 AM  
We have several big ass fans in the huge warehouse at my work. I can just imagine the P.O. the maint dept had to fill out for the purchase. "$X number of dollars for several big ass fan to save on cooling costs in the DC area". I bet someone had to explain that.
2003-11-04 10:28:28 AM  
This so should have been a PShop.

I'm for anyone that sticks it to the status quo, unless I'm the Status Quo. Then it's funny until I have you executed.

Delusions of Grandeur.
2003-11-04 10:40:15 AM  
He should use the definition argument to remove it. A Donkey mooning actually says 'Big Ass Ass' not 'Big Ass'. And since the company is NOT 'The Big Ass Ass Fan Company' they should tear them all down.
2003-11-04 10:40:22 AM  
On the topic of odd, funny, potentially offensive names, I give you NBS Trucking

Check out the logo to determine what NBS stands for.
2003-11-04 10:43:52 AM  
Maybe this would make the councilman happy
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2003-11-04 10:50:57 AM  
NBS Trucking

"We care about your load."

Now that's comedy.
2003-11-04 11:04:39 AM  
Man Kentucky must be a great place to live because if they're worried about this crap, they must have solved all the real problems by now.
2003-11-04 11:10:50 AM  
This just keeps getting funnier...

The renewed attention didn't seem to bother Bill Buell, Big Ass Fan's "marketing guy." When he was told of the council's scrutiny of the company logo, he repeatedly remarked, "Cool."

Big Ass Fans got the idea for a new name straight from customers' mouths. Time after time, people who worked in plants and manufacturing stared up at the products and remarked on the size of the fans, which can reach 24 feet in diameter, Buell said. "A lot of customers would look at them and say, 'Those are big ass fans.'"
2003-11-04 12:19:59 PM  
When they start selling Big Vagina HVAC ducts, *then* I might get offended.
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