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Tailgate wrap showing bound and gagged woman sparks outrage

FENTON, Mo. – An image on the back of a truck in Missouri has a lot of people talking.

It shows a woman restrained and scantily dressed.

While some are offended by the image, the man who bought it and put the tailgate wrap on his truck says people are overreacting. In the picture, a woman has her hands and feet bound and her mouth gagged.

Susan Cunningham saw it as she was driving on Highway 141.

“It was offensive. It was absolutely offensive. It looked like, you know, he was trying to make it look like there was somebody bound in the back of his truck,” Cunningham told KTVI.

On social media and in person, the image is provoking strong reactions.

“It’s horrifying. When you showed it to me my heart sank because nobody wants to see that,” said Pam Kellerman from Union.

“Personally, I don’t really care. I guess to each his own. I wouldn’t personally put it on my truck,” said Ricky Williams from Barnhart.

Barb Tenholder is worried about the message that the image sends. She’s the director of A Safe Place, a Jefferson County shelter for women escaping domestic violence and sexual assault.

“I feel it is really promoting violence against women,” she said. “It makes me angry that someone would use that as some form of art or some way to decorate their vehicle.”

Ben Sexton, a father of four who is engaged, said he’s had the wrap on his truck for about four months.

“I thought it was comical and funny,” he said. “I didn’t do it to degrade women or anything like that. I put it on there for the humor side of it.”

Sexton, 42, said he had nothing but positive comments about the wrap until the image showed up this week on social media.

He said while he understands people’s concerns, he believes they are unwarranted.

“She’s not tied up against her will,” Sexton said. “Her clothes aren’t roughed up, her hair’s not all messed up, she doesn’t have tears in her eyes, it’s not a forcible tied up kind of thing.”

Law officers from two agencies tell us they don’t believe the image is illegal but possibly morally questionable.

Another law enforcement source says if someone caused a crash because they were distracted by the image then the driver of the truck with the picture could be cited for careless and imprudent driving.

Sexton said he has no intentions of removing the image.

“It is my truck, it is my choice, it is my decision on what I put on there,” said Sexton.

Through an eBay ad, KTVI tracked down a Midwest company which makes the tailgate wraps. The first time KTVI spoke to them, they confirmed they made the wrap in question. The second time they denied making it.

Not long after the conversations, the eBay ad was removed. The company’s phones went unanswered a short time later.

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  • Atlas

    This country has no sense of humor anymore. It’s fine if thousands of woman are bound and raped on our open southern border each year but God forbid a law-abiding citizen, whose quite the artist, make a simple joke. If the Feminazis really want to protect women, your beating up on the wrong people. But we know they’re really not about that.

  • Yup

    Give me a break. I’m a woman, and this doesnt offend me. Dont like it? Dont look at it. No one can do anything without it offending people and being put across social media.

  • Phienyx

    Being offended is subjective and is an issue that needs to be dealt with on a personal level. It’s not the job of the government or the rest of society to make sure that you live an offense free life.

  • c olds

    I hope his children and their friends parents think it is just as funny as he does. What a perfect example of a father figure.

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