A PR stunt in Monmouthshire featuring semi-clad reality TV stars on a fake “Welcome to Wales” road sign has been dubbed sexist and tawdry by a senior Tory councillor.
The county council’s Bob Greenland has lashed out at the campaign to advertise MTV’s The Valleys, has said the signs were put up without permission and will be removed.
Monmouthshire council says it has received a number of complaints.
MTV put up the offending hoarding on land adjacent to the A465, near Abergavenny, in what the broadcaster described as an “entertaining spin” for the traditional road-side greeting.
But Cllr Greenland, cabinet member for tourism, was not amused.
He said: “This is a sexist and tawdry PR campaign based on outdated stereotypes of Welsh identity. Rather than pander to their attempts to get people to tune into yet another reality TV show we’d rather talk about real talent.
“Our young people are achieving some of the best education results in Wales, our award winning youth service is making a real difference to the lives of people young and old in this county and beyond.
“As the gateway to Wales we take the appearance of our county very seriously. These signs have been put up without permission and will be removed.”
A spokesman for the council said the authority has received a number of complaints and that an enforcement officer was going up to have a look at the sign.
According to a press release from the broadcaster the “sexy pop-ups" feature a "unique driver friendly ‘double sided’ cheeky design that allows a 360 view of the show's best assets.”
These, the release says, “can be best appreciated via passing drivers wing mirrors.”
MTV said the design was being trailed and was planned to be rolled at several crossings into Wales later this week.
The Valleys follows youngsters from South Wales as they move to Cardiff to “live out their dreams”, according to the broadcaster.
Despite widespread criticism from across the region, the show has made it to its third season.
The new series, which starts tonight, will see the show’s participants take their club night Valleywood Nights on tour around the UK and Ireland.