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"Anti-Vax" Billboard on "Funeral Home" Truck Goes Viral
CBS News ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

Posted on 09/22/2021 11:21:42 AM PDT by nickcarraway

An apparent anti-COVID-19 vaccine digital billboard had Charlotte residents and social media buzzing Sunday afternoon. But it wasn't anti-vaccine at all. Quite the opposite.

The billboard was on the side of a truck being driven around uptown Charlotte as thousands walked the streets during Sunday's Carolina Panthers game at Bank of America Stadium.

The message featured simple white lettering on a black background and read, "Don't get vaccinated." Under it was the name "Wilmore Funeral Home." It also included a web address for But the funeral home doesn't exist.

The billboard was the brainchild of David Oakley, owner of the BooneOakley advertising agency, which went public about it in a tweet:

He spoke to CBS Charlotte affiliate WBTV about why he wanted to have the provocative message on people's lips.

While at first glance, the billboard may have appeared to be an anti-vaccination plug, Oakley maintains it was meant to carry a pro-vaccine message.

"A lot of the advertisements that you see right now for pro-vaccine are very simple like, 'get the shot', 'get vaccinated'. It's very simple. We wanted to do something that saw things from a different perspective," he said.

"The idea came about when we thought about who would really benefit from people not getting the shot and you kind of go back to the simple fact that people are dying that aren't vaccinated, so who benefits from people dying? A funeral home!" Oakley explained.

He said the faux funeral home is named for the neighborhood where his business is located.

But while the Wilmore Funeral Home isn't real, is very much a real website. It features the same black background with white lettering. The website's message reads, "Get vaccinated now. If not, see you soon."

david-oakley-owner-of-booneoakley-ad-ahgnecy-in-charlotte-speaking-with-wbtv-on-092121.jpg David Oakley, owner of BooneOakley ad agency in Charlotte. WBTV The message links to the website for StarMED Healthcare, a company that's helped to vaccinate thousands of people in Charlotte.

Chris Dobbins, Chief Relations and Response Officer for StarMED, sent WBTV a statement about the company's website being linked to the digital billboard:

"StarMED Health has and will continue to administer and support COVID Testing, Vaccinations, and Antibody Therapy in response to this ongoing Pandemic. While we recognize there are varying opinions and different types of media messages, we support all efforts to educate and motivate our community to prevent and stop the spread of this virus."

WBTV asked Oakley if he was worried his edgy messaging might rub some people the wrong way.

"I was a little bit worried before we started, but when I really think about it, if this advertisement gets one person vaccinated, it was worth it," he replied.

A photo of the billboard truck went viral on Twitter Sunday. Thousands of people retweeted the image.

Garrett Crenshaw, owner of Crenshaw Visions, owns the digital billboard truck Oakley paid to use. Crenshaw's business's phone number is displayed on the vehicle. He said he's received nearly 200 phone calls because of the vaccination message on the truck.

"(Oakley) told me that it might cause some attention. I was like, "You know, as long as it doesn't go against our morals as a company then we're fine," and I knew the underlying messages of it that he was trying to get so we were good to go with it," said Crenshaw.

Oakley said he and his team are proud of the billboard and he hopes it will ultimately lead to more people getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

"I think any advertisement that is provocative is going to create a dialogue and when you get people talking, people have action and I'm hoping that the action is people will get the shot because of this," he remarked to WBTV.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: antivaxx; northcarolia; vaccine

1 posted on 09/22/2021 11:21:42 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

That could go either way..

2 posted on 09/22/2021 11:24:15 AM PDT by maddog55 (The only thing systemic in America is the left's hatred of it!)
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To: nickcarraway

Cute...but many Americans are on to your bullsh*t.

3 posted on 09/22/2021 11:25:33 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the
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To: nickcarraway

If you read the twitter thread, they are saying if you don’t get vaxxed we will see you sooner. More fear porn.

4 posted on 09/22/2021 11:28:57 AM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: nickcarraway

(803) 804-0341

They wanna be viral? Maybe their phone and email inbox should go viral.

5 posted on 09/22/2021 11:30:33 AM PDT by Pollard (Some people like to argue just to argue.)
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To: maddog55

Beat me to it.

6 posted on 09/22/2021 11:30:35 AM PDT by Tommy Revolts
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To: Robert DeLong

Everybody is gonna die—the only question is will they die on their feet or on their knees.

7 posted on 09/22/2021 11:34:35 AM PDT by cgbg (A kleptocracy--if they can keep it. Think of it as the Cantillon Effect in action.)
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To: Pollard

Bet their emails are burning... I sent one to the F’ers

8 posted on 09/22/2021 11:39:16 AM PDT by wetgundog
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To: nickcarraway

When trying to be clever backfires.

9 posted on 09/22/2021 11:39:28 AM PDT by AndyTheBear
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To: nickcarraway

Too clever by half......One often sees crap like this generating opposite the intended effect.

10 posted on 09/22/2021 11:41:51 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: nickcarraway

I love it, hilarious...and truth.

11 posted on 09/22/2021 11:42:08 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: AndyTheBear

LOL, great minds...

12 posted on 09/22/2021 11:42:25 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: nickcarraway

Epic fail, for an advertising agency.

13 posted on 09/22/2021 11:42:35 AM PDT by patriot torch
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To: nickcarraway


14 posted on 09/22/2021 11:45:46 AM PDT by peggybac (My will is what I wanted. God's will is what I got.)
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To: Wpin

Nothing will beat Ferryman funeral homes.

Bye bye!

15 posted on 09/22/2021 11:51:50 AM PDT by wally_bert (I cannot be sure for certain, but in my personal opinion I am certain that I am not sure.)
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To: nickcarraway

So basically the narrative is get vaccinated and live or get Covid and die. Thatโ€™s it. There are no other choices, no other options. according to the Covididiots.

I am flabbergasted at how quickly this country has turned into just stupid! No critical thinking skills, no research, just people trusting government 110%. What is wrong with Peoples brains?

16 posted on 09/22/2021 12:04:46 PM PDT by Maskot (Put every dem/lib in yesterday!!! )
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To: maddog55

that was my thought too

17 posted on 09/22/2021 12:13:46 PM PDT by cableguymn (We need a redneck in the white house.... But the fact checkers said thein story was false!)
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To: nickcarraway
Most people aren't vaccinated with the thing giving them more business. You know, the thing.
18 posted on 09/22/2021 12:34:43 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: cgbg
Gee thanks, I was totally unaware of that fact. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think my expiration date is due soon, because I didn't get vaccinated. ๐Ÿ™‚

19 posted on 09/22/2021 1:39:37 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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