MTV-made phallic sculpture angers Truckee residents, officials |

MTV-made phallic sculpture angers Truckee residents, officials

TRUCKEE – Town officials are asking media giant Music Television to not air footage filmed last Saturday in downtown Truckee that apparently depicts people dancing around a large penis-shaped snow sculpture.

An MTV production crew based out of Los Angeles built the sculpture sometime between 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in front of the train depot in downtown Truckee at 10100 Donner Pass Road, said Truckee Police Capt. Harwood Mitchell.

“We’re following up with the crew … it is the town’s desire to see they delete all that film from their segment or at minimal delete or obscure anything that would identify the Town of Truckee,” Mitchell said. “We’re working with them for an amenable solution for both sides.

“We’re very disappointed and certainly did not condone it.”

Numerous calls to MTV were not returned for this story.

Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said MTV approached the town to acquire a permit for filming and said the crew was specifically asked if the sculpture would be distasteful, graphic or pornographic.

“It turns out they were less than truthful in answering direct questions from at least two town officials,” Lashbrook said.

As for public feedback regarding Saturday’s display, Lashbrook went on to say: “We didn’t get a lot of calls but we got enough. People were pretty appalled and I don’t blame them.”

One of those people was Truckee resident Darla Ford, who witnessed the display. She took a photograph and e-mailed it to the Sierra Sun.

“We were so appalled that something like this could take place in our town. Parents were rushing their children away from it so they would not have to explain why grown men wearing fur were drinking the white fluid and dancing in it too,” she said in the e-mail. “It was disgusting! Is this a new image for our town? Who issued a permit for this to take place? How did this happen? This is right in front of our Chamber of Commerce and California Visitor Center.”

Mitchell said the sculpture was covered during construction, and Lashbrook said it was taken down upon request sometime after 4 p.m. Saturday.

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