Last week, SF Weekly noticed that the version of the movie poster for the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg cop satire The Other Guys appearing in Muni stations had been disarmed. While the version plastered all over town features the male leads in faux-Hong Kong wire movie poses while brandishing firearms, the one you'll see in a Muni station replaces guns with pepper spray and bare fists.
Muni officials explained to us that the agency's rules for advertising prohibit promoting “the use of firearms” or “imminent lawlessness or violent actions.” So it came as a surprise to subsequently see The Other Guys posters — with guns — on both Muni shelters and buses. When asked why the standards for advertising in a Muni station are apparently different than those for a bus shelter or bus, Muni spokesman Paul Rose looked into the matter. Now he has an answer: Whoops!