Anti Obama signs criticized for offensive language - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Anti-Obama signs criticized for offensive language

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Some anti-Obama signs are popping up that use language you don't typically see on political signs, language you might not want your child to use and language that is offensive to some, at least on a sign in public view.

The signs have been up for the last few days if not longer. And there are reportedly many more in some areas east of Lake Charles. The two displayed locally are at businesses on East Broad Street. And for some, the message intended is lost because of the language used. 

State Rep. A.B. Franklin, D-Lake Charles, considers the language disrespectful, especially when directed at the president of the United States.

"The choice of words that you use has a lot to do with the conversation. And I just think the choice of words used on these particular signs is wrong and he got it in red, white and blue. A lot of times people disagree with me on things I've done and even the way I've voted. It might come across with some strong words, but never being disrespectful or any kind of curse words. And I think this is being very, very disrespectful," he said.

While Franklin agrees businesses have a right to post such signs, he worries about the message it conveys to children.

"I don't think it's good for the community, our children passing by looking at what's said," he said.

And, as far as anyone who may be visiting Lake Charles or considering economic development here, Franklin is also concerned about the impression the signs may give.

"Southwest Louisiana is getting ready to be the fastest growing area of the state and we know this already. This could affect our economic development," Franklin said.

We stopped by the businesses to see if they wanted to talk on camera about their choice of words. One was not there and the other declined.

There is a local campaign aimed at promoting civility in our homes and the community.
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