Manawatu Standard 29 Feb 2012
The controversial Erotica Expo and Boobs on Bikes parade will no longer be held in Palmerston North – but organiser Steve Crow has fired some parting shots. Mr Crow confirmed the expo, which first came to Palmerston North in 2005, would not return after door sales were down 50 per cent on previous years.
He blamed the city council for scheduling other, free events on the same weekend as the expo.
Hey Steve – perhaps people are just sick of the damage that hard corn pornography is doing to relationships and families.
“I suggest that Palmerston North City Council should be embarrassed and ashamed of themselves,” he wrote online. “We help them out by moving our show dates because they originally clashed with the 2011 Santa Parade … then they put on a number of free events on the same weekend they rent us a venue for our event.”
But Mayor Jono Naylor sums it up well
Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor laughed at accusations the council was competing with the Erotica Expo. “I doubt very much that the Esplanade or FMX Jam events had much of a bearing on Mr Crow’s business,” Mr Naylor said. “I don’t think those people would have gone to his show. “To make a comparison between a sex show and a family event and say that they are competing for customers is absurd.”