Stingray Sushi Campaign Ads Are Totally Tasteless

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He denies having anything to do with the gigantic photos of two of his political clients -- Joe Arpaio and Vernon Parker -- hanging on the wall at The Grind, but local public relations trickster Jason Rose is happily taking full credit for Stingray Sushi campaign signs popping up around town.

That's right, campaign signs. Seems the trendy sushi bar is taking a particular interest in Proposition 111, a ballot measure that would create a lieutenant governor position in Arizona, replacing the secretary of state. (Only one of the signs, which reads, "Lieutenant Governors Love Me Long Time," gives even a nod to the issue at hand, so to speak. The others are just plain racy or, depending on your taste, gross.)

Late last month a city of Phoenix official nixed Rose's bus shelter plan starring Stingray's racy, gun-toting sushi slinger, but no one's put a stop -- yet -- to the signs Rose is planting all over town.

Some folks are none too happy about this. Prop. 111 is about the least political thing on the ballot -- it's got bipartisan support and strong backing from former Supreme Sandra Day O'Connor, who certainly deserves a classier deal. 

"I can't believe he picked O'Connor's deal," one pol hissed in an email this morning. "Ass." 

See more signs after the jump.
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Rose admits he picked Prop. 111 because it's not controversial. (He did imply that the prop's real backers aren't too pleased with his shenanigans.) He likens his moves to U2, a band that he says "fused commercial success and music" the way he's trying to mix politics and food. 

Sort of unappetizing, if you ask us. But we've got to hand it to Rose, it's an out-of-the-box idea. Rose -- who long ago tried to fuse politics and food, you might remember, as one of the original owners of Nixon's, a burger bar/restaurant at the Esplanade -- admits he's been trying to do this for years. 

"Frankly, it was a concept that I have had for many years and ran by many clients who balked at it."

Stingray Sushi bit. But who will bite back? 
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15 comments
Fireant333
Fireant333

I was going to try Stingray as I do like sushi but now I won't bother

Jibbers
Jibbers

I think we should all call the city and complain. The signs are a clear violation of city law. You can not put up advertising signs on public land. Corporate Greed at its worst. Boycott Stingray Sushi as well.

Flugginaround
Flugginaround

Jason Rose needs to get kicked in his dick! These signs are ugly and annoying! I used to actually eat at Stingray but will not go back now that they pulled this kind of $hit!

guest
guest

FRIGGIN HILARIOUS!!!! LOVE IT! Free publicity for the restaurant. It worked, eh?

The Drunken Scoundrel
The Drunken Scoundrel

I hereby nominate myself as the most pretentious, self-righteous person in Phoenix who takes everything too seriously.

JB
JB

Rose=Fail. I have a ton of influence in the culinary world in Phoenix and I've already begun a large campaign against Stingray. This brings more filth into our world---and they are already paying the price....with lots more to come. Stingray take note.

The Drunken Scoundrel
The Drunken Scoundrel

I would find it utterly hysterical if the same people who are the most allspice by this are the ones who are the biggest supporters of corporate personhood.

MR_WRONG
MR_WRONG

@ Amy - please learn how to write. The little blips in between paragraphs have no context and are completely unintelligible

Tvadman
Tvadman

Amy Silverman, a contributor to New Times, finds the Stingray Sushi Suzi adds "totally tasteless"? That's like Larry Flynt being offended by Playboy isn't it? Hats of to Jason Rose for having the creative hutzpah (I'd say "cojones" but don't want to appear insensitive) to post controversial roadside signs that also draw attention to Prop 111.

Matthew
Matthew

I would guess that Amelia does not have children.I try to teach my daughters that they have inherent God given dignity and to never let anyone treat them as if they were only a plaything or a piece of meat. They can grow up to be the president but should never settle for being a tart on a billboard."Bill Clinton likes my sushi" is anything but fun and harmless. It demeans women and cheapens the public discourse. I would hope this would be an area where conservatives and liberals could come together..

Amelia
Amelia

we are from out-of-town -- we think the signs are a hoot. We even opted for the expensive Internet access at our hotel to find out what is Prop 111 and why would Clinton be supporting sushi. Good to be able to laugh at something in Arizona politics.

And yes, we have our papers.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Nixon's is closed and no one is crying. The food was so-so, and priced too high. I liked the mural on the wall though.

thriftyrocks
thriftyrocks

Well, I didn't think these signs were a big deal....until now. Ick.

jeremx
jeremx

she didn't put a "after the jump" statement in there so i'm cool with it.

Ledalasvegas
Ledalasvegas

Actually, it's an excellent teaching opportunity. I live in Las Vegas and sometimes I have to explain the cheap and tasteless ads that run around the city (the chicken ranch comes to mind). I explain to my children (four of them, if you're interested) why the ads are tasteless and demeaning or just plain stupid. So I personally thought the signs were funny in a tasteless, tongue-in-cheek sort of way...and if my boys even paid enough attention to the context I can explain that it's a really bad commercial...and they already know that commercials are fairly untrue.

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