‘Good Morning America’ turns viewers on to parodies of agents’ bus bench ads

Minneapolis real estate agents have taken in stride the ribbing they got from artist Phil Jones, who poked fun at them by dressing up to look like them and pasting photos of himself over images of six agents who advertised themselves on bus benches. It’s all in good fun, agents say, and they’re happy to have the publicity that the stunt generated when it got picked up by Buzzfeed.

One of the agents targeted by Jones, Edina Realty agent Graham Smith, even invited people to deface his bus bench ads, snap photos of them and tag him in those photos on Facebook as part of a social media marketing campaign.

Now ABC News’ “Good Morning America” show is turning up the media spotlight another notch, inviting viewers to “meet the artist who inserts himself into real estate ads,” in the video above.

“I put them up carefully, not to wreck or vandalize the ad, and then removed them after taking the photo,” Jones said of the temporary nature of the alterations he made to the agents’ ads. Anybody who advertises themselves on billboards is fair game for such parodies, he says, and personal injury lawyers may find themselves targeted in a future project.  Source: abcnews.go.com

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