MTA’s ‘Courtesy Counts’ Etiquette Campaign Is Brought to Life in a New Video Parody

Posted On Fri, January 30, 2015 By

Posted On Fri, January 30, 2015 By In People, Transportation, Video

Regardless of which side of the man-spread debate you’re on, you’ve definitely heard plenty about the MTA’s new Courtesy Counts etiquette campaign. To get their point across, the MTA has deployed a new set of posters featuring the ubiquitous faceless green and red stick figures doing uncourteous things on the subway, including pole dancing, grooming, and, of course, manspreading.

Two New Yorkers, Christian “CJ” Koegel and his partner Chris Zelig, have now created a one-minute, tongue-in-cheek video where they don full-body red and green spandex suits to bring Courtesy Counts to life as part of the #ridewithclass hashtag campaign.

Koegel was inspired to make the amusing video when the MTA rolled out their new campaign in December. He told the Village Voice: “I’m one of those people that appreciate [subway performers] and I’ve learned that those moves are harder than they look. Usually they are young kids, and I’d rather see them on the train dancing,” adding that New Yorkers could be doing much worse things with their time. What does annoy him, though? People who don’t offer their seats to pregnant women and the elderly.

The video was filmed on January 17 while Koegel and Zelig rode the A train. It’s set to the song “Good Time Gal” by Ron Komie, and the pair hopes it will draw attention to the mission of the subway etiquette campaign, as well as garner some laughs.

[Via Bowery Boogie]

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