In March the Village Voice's Foster Kamer made a penis joke about Jim Dolan, the evil billionaire who controls Cablevision, Madison Square Garden, and Rainbow Media. Dolan was not amused. Now he's retaliated by getting $1 million of advertising pulled.
Kamer (who used to write for us and is nice) wrote a mildly offensive joke, too convoluted to explain here, about Dolan enjoying oral pleasure from another man. He pretty quickly pulled $20,000 worth of advertising and threatened legal action. Overkill? Not yet.
That same post has now resulted in all Madison Square Garden Entertainment advertising being pulled from the Village Voice.
Furthermore, LiveNation — one of America's biggest concert promoters — has now pulled all of its advertising from the The Village Voice at the behest of James Dolan, whose MSG Entertainment employs the services of Live Nation/Ticketmaster in their ticketing and promotions operations.
In toto, a mediocre dick joke about a media acquisition has now cost this company upwards of $1M in yearly advertising revenue.