Millionaire's Billboard Plea For 'Latina Girlfriend' Removed [PHOTO]
By Charles Poladian | December 11, 2012 9:15 AM EST
A California millionaire purchased billboard space, but what he was advertising was unusual and instantly gained infamy. The billboard was a plea for a “Latina girlfriend” for Christmas. It immediately sparked protest and was taken down over the weekend.
Marc Paskin of San Diego made his millions in real estate, The Associated Press reports. He paid $4,000 for a billboard plea that had his photo and an email address with the simple message, “All I want for Christmas is a Latina girlfriend.”
Photos of the billboard circulated on the Internet almost instantly. Many believed it to be a Photoshopped hoax or part of a viral campaign. But it turned out the billboard was all too real and was quickly vandalized, notes AP.
The billboard was located in the San Diego neighborhood of Barrio Logan, at Interstate 5 and 28th Street, reports KNSD-TV. The billboard first went up Thursday, but was soon vandalized. On Friday morning, the billboard was already defaced with Paskin's email that he had set up, ChristmasLatina@aol.com, being removed although the message was intact. By Friday night, half of the billboard was torn away, reports KNSD.
AP reports that Paskin's wife died nearly 10 years ago from a diabetes-related illness.
Over the weekend, the entire ad was stripped away, leaving a white space instead of Paskin's message, reports KNSD. While the billboard is down, it is unclear if it was vandalized to the point of removal or if Paskin took it down himself.
It is unclear why Paskin decided to purchase the billboard space and used it for the controversial plea, especially for a man who has no history of publicity stunts.. According to AP, Paskin has a history of helping others, including giving a single mother and her daughter an apartment, rent free, to live in for a year. Paskin also appeared on ABC's “Secret Millionaire” where he donated time and money to a Detroit neighborhood.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima Hold Solemn Reception Ceremony for Victims
- Jennifer Lawrence & Nicholas Hoult Allegedly Split: Mad Max Actor Cheats with Kristen Stewart & Riley Keough - Reports
- Taylor Swift Named Forbes' Second Highest Paid Country Musician [PHOTOS]
- Typhoon Matmo Leaves 32k Customers w/o Electricity in Taiwan, Weakens After Landing in China
Join the Conversation
- The Burka Avenger Educates Children While Fighting For Girls' Education Rights In New Pakistan TV Show
- Christopher Walken To Play Mob Boss In Film Adaptation Of Four Seasons Musical 'Jersey Boys'
- William Cantrell Mistakes Human Ashes For Cocaine, May Have Snorted Remains
- Giant Alligator Eats 80-Pound Dog In North Carolina, Gator May Still Be Alive
- Steve McQueen's Last Ride, 1952 Custom Chevy Pickup Truck, Hits The Auction Block
- Apple iPhone 6 on Two Confirmed Release Dates, New Parts Leaked Suggesting Bigger iPhone to Come
- Google Nexus 6, 8 with Android L on Release Date Promises Killer Mobile Device Experience
- iPhone 6 Release Date Relevance to iOS Newbies: Specs Meaning, Price Considerations
- Xiaomi Mi4 vs OnePlusOne vs Nexus 5: Mi4 is the ‘Perfect’ Phone
- Israeli Women Stripping Naked for IDF Soldiers
- HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Roll Out, Introducing the HTC One Remix
- The Pirate Bay Releases ‘The Mobile Bay’: Mobile Torrent Download Made Easier but Remains Illegal