Risque Display Draws Fire in Small Virginia Town

Published 01/24 2013 12:11PM

Updated 01/24 2013 12:14PM

An inflatable doll wearing a party dress lying in bed in a window display surrounded by empty wine and pill bottles is creating quite the controversy in Coeburn, Virginia. 

"It's shocking. I've never seen something like that on display in Coeburn," said Brenda Stanley, a resident.

The message on the window reads, "You never send me flowers any more."

"What we were trying to say is this poor girl is in her bed, drinking her wine and taking pills to forget it's Valentine's Day because no one sent her flowers," explained co-owner Edward Sturgill. They said the window is an exaggeration to encourage people to send flowers and make someone happy on February 14.

"A lot of people are just looking at the negativity of it and dwelling on the negative and not seeing the whole picture," said Alicia Yates, a Coeburn resident. "It's just a gimmick. That's all it is."

A couple of changes have been made to the display, including removing the pill bottles and some of the wine bottles. "We didn't want people to think we were promoting suicide or alcoholism," said Sturgill. "We never meant to offend a single person."

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