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Girls Gone Wild bus parks in downtown Augusta during Christmas tree lighting

News 12 at 11 o'clock -- December 5, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Girls Gone Wild promoters parked their bus just one block from the Augusta Common during the Christmas tree lighting Saturday night.

Many families like Sofia Hayes' family, came downtown for the Christmas parade and the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Augusta Common, but she wasn't too pleased to see the Girls Gone Wild bus parked downtown.

"I think it's inappropriate especially when you come out here with kids," she said. "That's really not what you want to see."

James Langston brought his three-year-old stepdaughter Mariah to spend the day at all of the events and had a good time, but also didn't think the bus should be parked downtown.

"Being that it was the parade and the tree lighting today," he said. "I don't feel it was appropriate because there's a lot of young kids out here right now."

The bus was parked in front of The Jazz Lounge on the 700 block of Broad Street just a block down from the Augusta Common. Promoters were hosting an event and shooting a TV show, said Girls Gone Wild's Chad Mac.

Though the bus was parked there for the Christmas tree lighting, Mac said they were supposed to be parked there all day to promote the event, but local leaders wouldn't let the franchise park it down there during the parade.

"We kept off and didn't bring the bus out until after the events were over, so we wouldn't offend anyone," Mac said. "We didn't realize the same night we were booked was the same night of the parade."

Because the company is in town shooting a TV show, Mac said they didn't bring any women with them and they would be keeping things "PG-13" because of the TV show.

"We don't even have any girls with us or come off the bus," he said. "We just come in here to get people screaming and having a good time at events."

But whether there are girls going wild or not, it's the advertisement parents don't like, especially Langston.

"They should've waited until First Friday or after the tree lighting," he said.

Not everyone thought it was tasteless, one fan said he was thrilled the happy the bus came into town and said he owns a hundred of their popular DVDs and tapes.

After hosting Saturday's party, the bus is scheduled to head to another Southeastern city, which is where they are doing many of the shoots for the TV show.


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  • by citizen Location: augusta on Dec 9, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    That's why nothing comes to our city.Because we have all these people who still think it's 1950.Our city is boring and we will always be at the bottom the of the major city list.We didn't support the mayor when he tried to improve downtown and we haven't supported him on any improving issues for our city.We should of also gotten the new arena but you let columbia county have the money.I wish that we could get new council members who live like it's 2009
  • by Jack Location: GA on Dec 9, 2009 at 04:52 AM
    A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Maybe the older kiddies in this town could stand a bit of Home Ec. a-la girls gone wild, so they don't grow up to be so lame and uncontrolled.
  • by Jovan Location: Williston, S.C. on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:46 PM
    I'll take Girls Gone Wild at their word and here is why. The GGW event was scheduled in Augusta, Ga. long in advance (at least six months). The city knew that and they should have moved the Christmas tree lighting up one night. Prudes getting mad over nothing is what gets me very angry! Much ado about nothing, once again! Shame on the Augusta Chronicle, WJBF, WRDW, WFXG and WAGT for even reporting on this non-controversy! What you see in GGW is basically what you see in Hilton Head Island, Myrtle Beach, Folly Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Pawley's Island and the Isle of Palms. How about those who complained not take their kids to the beach ever again?
  • by frank Location: augsuta on Dec 7, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    Leave it up to chad mac to trash up this town some more... another one of his desperate schemes to get back in the spot light....
  • by Abandon Ship on Dec 7, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    GGW hasn't been the same since their founder went to prison. If these women want to act like drunken morons and end up on film-let them.
  • by Concerned Location: Augusta on Dec 7, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    I was there, seen it parked there for a while. I even went in the Jazz Lounge but they were charging $10 so I left. I wouldnt pay that much even if they did have them girls in there.
  • by Who Cares Location: Aiken on Dec 7, 2009 at 02:20 PM
    typical society.....get worked up over nothing. Sorry but media is what cause these outbursts by society. Now if there was girls parading around.....different story.
  • by Don't matter what my name is Location: Augusta on Dec 7, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    I think that this is a poor trashy way to make money. The women that fall for it and degrade their bodies, make themselves look like useless relationship material. It's no skin off my back, but IT IS IN NO WAY OK FOR A CHILD TO SEE THIS RIDING DOWN THE STREET!! OUR SOCIETY NEEDS TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT EVERYTHING IS DESENSITIZED BECAUSE EVERY YEAR, IT'S SOMETHING NEW THAT ISN'T "SUPPOSED TO" OFFEND ANYONE. I AM OFFENDED...I AM OFFENDED WHEN NAKED PEOPLE PRANCE AROUND LIKE THEY HAVE NO DECENCY, I AM OFFENDED WHEN GAY PEOPLE SHOW THEIR AFFECTION IN PUBLIC, I AM OFFENDED WHEN WRONGDOERS GET A SLAP ON THE HAND.....GET THE PICTURE. WHY IS IT OK THAT I AM OFFENDED, BUT OTHERS "POLITICALLY CORRECT" PEOPLE, NEED NOT WORRY ABOUT WHO THEY OFFEND? GET REAL....THIS TRASHY BUS AND SHOW IS A JOKE, AND ALL THE MEN THAT "HAVE TO WATCH IT"...GO GET HELP! GUESS NOW AND DAYS I SHOULD HAVE INCLUDED THE WOMEN TOO...YALL GET HELP IF NEEDED ALSO!
  • by WOW Location: Aiken on Dec 7, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    So all this over a bus!! There were no girls and somehow the convo turned to high school girl. I mean come on people get with it. If you had the Girls Gone Wild idea and made all that money would you cry. So what someone gets rich off nude girls. I wish i would of though of it. I hope it comes around every holiday. So maybe you red necks can get a life and appreciate the joy that bus brings to people, if it is not your tea then dont look at it but let it be. You dont want people judging what you like and put it down. So next time WRDW make this a breaking news event so i can see it. And for the prudes go eat at Hooters
  • by Sandy Location: Augusta on Dec 7, 2009 at 08:12 AM
    Get over it...there were no girls in their tiny bikinis on the street or on the bus. But show up to a Josey or High School football game in the ares and you see young girls with provocative customes on and shaking their butts in your face the whole game. Parents...how about sharing your concerns there first!!
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