CLEAN UP YOUR ACT: The Northern Star's Facebook readers aren't impressed with Wicked's slogans.
CLEAN UP YOUR ACT: The Northern Star's Facebook readers aren't impressed with Wicked's slogans. Megan Kinninment

'Disgraceful' slogans aren't funny: Our readers slam Wicked

UPDATE, 3.40pm: IT'S NOT funny anymore, Wicked, it's "hideous" and "disgraceful".

That's the message from our readers, who have applauded Byron Bay grandfather Paul McCarthy for spray painting over an offensive message on a Wicked car.

He objected to the slogan - "a bl#w job a day beats an apple" - and it seems he's hit a nerve.

We posted our story to The Northern Star's Facebook page and Mr McCarthy was cheered for his actions.

Steve Carter said: "Everyone should carry a can of spray paint in their car and do the same when they see these hideous vans."

Jamie Robertson called for a nationwide campaign to spay over Wicked's "misogynistic and offensive slogans".

Others said there should be laws against the vans, with Tracey Blogg describing them as "disgraceful".

"Poor grandfather (Mr McCarthy) ... if he has to go to court maybe we could have a protest out the front of the court house," she posted.

Elizabeth Robinson wrote: "I would want to have done what he did.

"All of those vehicles need cleaning. An eyesore is not good advertising."

Fay Knight said she used to smile at some of the less offensive slogans years ago, but said they've now "just gone completely crude and it's not funny anymore".

Some readers suggested that the community should help Mr McCarthy with his court costs via a crowd-funding campaign.

"Wake up to yourselves Wicked, this is past being funny, no one likes it," Kerrie Melchior posted.


Original story: BYRON grandfather Paul McCarthy may face prosecution after he took the law into his own hands and used a spray can to cover up an obscene slogan on the back of a Wicked car.

Mr McCarthy will also appeal to Byron Shire councillors to ban the cars and vans that have obscene slogans from Byron Bay at the council's next meeting on April 7.

Mr McCarthy was so appalled to see the slogan "A bl#wjob a day beats an apple" spray-painted on the rear of the car, that he bought his own can of spray paint and covered up the word "blow".

"I admit I had a brain snap but I just took offence to it," said Mr McCarthy.

"What sort of thing is that to have written on the car? What happens if you have young kids in the car and they ask you what that word means?"

Mr McCarthy said he was sitting in traffic on Bangalow Rd when he saw the car. He later saw it parked in Jonson St and decided to act.

The car's driver Victorien Diebold, from France, hired the car in Brisbane and claimed he was unaware the slogan could be so offensive.

TOO FAR: Another van spotted at Main Beach car park
TOO FAR: Another van spotted at Main Beach car park

Mr Diebold was worried he would lose his deposit on the car and went to Byron Police Station to make a complaint.

Mr McCarthy followed, police took statements from both parties, no charges were laid and Mr McCartney and Mr Dibald parted on good terms.

"I hope he doesn't lose his bond, but if you have little kids, what do you say to them when they read that and ask what that is?" said Mr McCarthy.

"I enjoy a risque joke as much as the next person and if I go to court, I go to court.

"What other purpose does it serve except to upset people. But (Wicked) will lap this up - the more publicity for them the better.

"You have to ask are they part of our community? Do we want them in Byron Bay or not? Can we ban them from Byron Bay?"

"I'm encouraging others to come along to the next council meeting and lobby our councillors to get them banned."

Mayor Simon Richardson said he sympathised with Mr McCarthy but council had no power to act in this case.

"This is a Queensland business and I am assuming the vehicles are roadworthy," he said.