I'll go out on a limb here- the vast majority of the people complaining were probably told "it's an ad.". Unless you read the caption, how can you tell? Even then, unless you know what "SHE" might refer to in context, how can you tell?
I find the advertisement argument, um, unavailing.
Advertising only works when the viewer actually knows what is being advertised. Not being a New Yorker, I've only seem pictures of The Girl. Until it was mentioned during this contretemps, I had no idea that the statue was either placed by an investment firm or that it might be intended as advertising. Unless you know the origins, it's "just" another piece of art. Nice one, too.
Heck, even walking by, you'd probably never see the caption.
Unless I'm mistaken, if the inmates were under 18 years old, this would be considered child abuse, or even child endangerment. If they're over 65, there's elder abuse. A competent DA from another county ought to look at this.
AFAICT, all of the discussions have falsely compared the last-mile service network providers (comcast, at&t, TWC, etc) with content providers (google, faceboek, etc). Problem is that they're completely different animals. If google wants to analyze my search history (or email), that's my price of using a free service. Since I -pay- for connectivity, the only value they can add is passing the bits off faster, and I don't see that happening. (Noted that there are last-mile providers, like sonic.net, whom explicitly don't look at your traffic.)
The discussions should really revolve around the difference between carrying the traffic and providing any end-point service for that traffic. AT&T wants to provide email? Sure, make it a separate service.
All I want in a last-mile provider is to move the bits from my premises to an interchange site then hand them off to whomever. That's it. I don't need their caching, email, or even DNS. Unfortunately, very few providers will sell you that.
And, of course, there is a rather long tradition of newspapers with similar names competing, like the New York Times & Post and the Washington Times & Post, to name just a couple. -They're- not bothered by it.
"I'm not sure cities are generally known to have "fans"
Become sure, then. If nothing else sports teams are often called by just their city's name. Might want to work on your understanding of fans (a person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular person or thing).
Reading the headline, I thought this was about some of the people I grew up with; in Bethesda, Maryland (just outside of Washington, DC). Might want to be more clear that it's a company, not the place.
This is, of course, the same Louis Vuitton that needed a lesson in trademark law four years ago (suing a law school can be a bad idea, especially when you're wrong). Link is in the "you may like" section.