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Apr 11, 2008

WrestleMania’s lead-in: ‘Nipplegate’

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The WrestleMania banner on the side of the Lynx building in downtown Orlando shows wrestlers without their nipples. A Lynx bus still sports wrestlers with nipples. (GEORGE SKENE, ORLANDO SENTINEL / March 27, 2008)

Source: OrlandoSentinel.com
Written by Scott Maxwell

Anybody who’s ever seen a professional wrestler knows their bodies don’t look like most folks’. But the wrestlers featured on a massive sign in downtown Orlando look even more unusual.

They’re missing nipples.

Yep. John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton and even Big Show. All nipple-less.

It’s rather unsettling.

And Ken-like.

Even more unsettling is the fact that government is partly responsible for the missing areolas on the banner that hangs on the side of the Lynx office building, facing Interstate 4, and promotes this weekend’s WrestleMania.

Mayor Buddy Dyer claimed to have the, um, skinny.

“Apparently there’s an ordinance that prohibits them from being displayed,” he said.

“For men’s nipples?” I replied, immediately becoming uncomfortable about discussing such a thing with Buddy.

He shrugged, saying, “It does seem a little overboard.”

It turns out, it was.

There is, in fact, no city law that bans the display of male chests. In fact, the exact same image can be spotted — with nipples aplenty — on Lynx buses.

Comparing the two pictures is like playing a disturbing game of “Spot the Differences.”

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Banner detail.

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Original image.

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