Times Square “Kiss Cam” Back On Despite Groping Incidents
police objections, cosmetics giant Revlon has turned its Times Square “Kiss
Cam” back on, despite its status as what one publication called “a perv
have arrested 4 people in the past month for grabbing and rubbing up against
women who stop to pose for the camera.
interactive billboard is connected to a camera that snaps photos of people in a
pedestrian walkway and displays them at 43rd Street and Broadway.
But after the incidents police asked Revlon to shut it down, which it did, but
restarted after 4 days.
who [are] so intent on taking selfies of themselves they don’t realize
someone’s grabbing their butt while they’re taking their photo," said New
York police commissioner Bill Bratton. He added that the gropers are so
unafraid that they don't even mind being caught on camera. "You’d think
something that’s being photographed would deter them, but just the opposite.”
City and law enforcement officials have been increasingly
concerned with the state of Times Square, once known as New York's hub for peep
shows and other X-rated attractions but cleaned up in the 1990s and transformed
into a family-friendly destination.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio this year
remarked on the proliferation of topless women and aggressive costumed
characters who pose with tourists for tips, saying it threatened to drag the
area back to "the bad old days."
Revlon spokesman Mario Ruiz said the Kiss Cam was shut down
temporarily while the situation was evaluated. He did not elaborate on why the
company decided to reactivate the screen on Tuesday but said it took police
recommendations into account. "We are taking the lead of the NYPD and will
continue to do so," he said.
The billboard, which was previously active 24 hr. a day, will now
click off at night, when police say most of the groping incidents happened.
Police said the department had urged Revlon to turn off the sign