By Beth Germano

SALISBURY (CBS) – If Rob Roy wants to start a conversation, he has figured out how to do so with some controversial political signs he displays outside his Salisbury auto body shop. “Sometimes it’s just a statement. You never know which one is going to be next until you see one floating around the internet,” said Roy.

But one sign in particular has sparked some of the biggest debate along busy Main Street, which refers to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and a derogatory word for women. They are words some in the town consider too offensive.

“A lot of people are seeing that and the country is divided now,” said a Salisbury resident identifying himself as Bob. “Half the people driving by just don’t want to see it anymore.”

Rob Roy removes controversial sign outside Salisbury auto body shop (WBZ-TV)

Roy took the sign down Wednesday saying it wasn’t because of pressure but time for a change considering he has 19 different signs he has rotated over the last few years. He says he meant no malice but calls it satire.

He replaced it with a Confederate flag which customer James Winders liked enough to take a selfie. “I don’t want history to be erased. Over one million died so people could be free in this country,” he said.

Roy has support in the neighborhood including Kevin Porter who says it’s all about free speech. “I think it’s making people laugh. It’s just showing where he stands, that’s all,” said Porter.

Rob Roy stands in front of a confederate flag outside his Salisbury auto body shop (WBZ-TV)

But Catriona Maylor finds it offensive. “Everything, everything about it, it’s an eyesore.”

What Roy has gotten is attention and believes there are highly charged views on both sides of the political aisle. “Everybody has seen nastiness on the left,” Roy said. “I put up a sign, $100 sign that melted 10 million snowflakes.”

This sign he admits may have crossed the line, but whatever their politics he says it has people talking.

Beth Germano

Comments (19)
  1. grumppa says:

    By the “nastiness of the Left”, he means the Left is being nasty when they confront him with REAL facts about the REAL world. #MAGATs call that being nasty. Oh, and full of hate. If you confront their various mental diseases with facts, they want to know why you are FILLED with Hate.

  2. Morgan O'Rourke says:

    Good for him. Let the snowflakes cry.

    1. Frank Rizzo says:

      Hate to break this to you, but Republicans & Democrats are all snowflakes.

    2. Steven says:

      The left are snowflakes…. How do you feel about a football player taking a knee during the National Anthem? Or taking down a confederate monument? Or just the statement Black Lives Matter?

  3. JWA says:

    HAHAHA…..I love it. Rock On Sign Man…..Rock On….

  4. xsnake says:

    Shoe on the other foot……cbs would be promoting such things.

  5. Leon Phelps says:

    Weird flex, but if he wanted to get everyone talking about what an silly, inbred, knob-gobblin he is… congrats?

  6. Ralph Hungus says:

    Dude looks like a dollar store Shrek knockoff that was a popular urinal for the homeless, until it got left out in the sun too long. A face only the side of a shovel could love.

    1. Ally says:

      Ralph,
      That was beautiful. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  7. tetonmoon says:

    You people who think this is funny are f@#ked in the head. You all where allowed out of your cesspool to show your ugly racist ignorant true selves but you are what you are. Disgusting maggots.

  8. Robin Scarrell says:

    I didn’t realize that misogyny and disrespect were just Democratic concerns. But if that’s true…there’s the issue

  9. catherine Smith says:

    Crazy ignorance and irony. And proud of it. Murica!

  10. VJW says:

    Confederates were not Americans, they were American traitors. They did not fight for the United States, they fought against it.
    There is nothing clever or funny about calling women names. One might think it just reflects your thoughts on the women in your life and that you think others are the same. They aren’t. No matter what 5th grade “humor” says.

  11. Stan the Man says:

    The guy is obviously of very low intelligence. The kind of weak mind that the moron-in-chief can convince to believe his lies and follow his hate speech. And this guy seems to be devoted to hate speech just like his fascist leader.

  12. Ziemba says:

    There sure are plenty of racists left in Massachusetts. Amazing that a man can be proud of himself for being ignorant. I hope he never had children.

  13. John from Brighton says:

    Calling a black woman candidate a “ho” IS an opinion. It’s a nasty, racist opinion. Every single person who supports that sign (and the confederate flag) is racist. Every single one. And I’m unsubscribing from the Globe because Beth Germano’s “Well, it sure got people talking'” take on this is pathetic and horrible. I’m tired of the Boston Globe clickbait b.s..

  14. Paul says:

    Funny how the 1st Amendment only applies if you agree with what’s said. It cuts both ways.

  15. Rebecca Lane says:

    So, I’m trying to get this straight – he’s so “triggered” by a woman VP that he has to put up a sign calling her a… “Ho”??? BUT everyone, even ppl in his own community, who complains about this childishness & hatred is a “snowflake”. I think the Trumpian tough guy may have this a little backwards – he’s the one who was so triggered by a woman being in the race he took the time to publically mock & bully her, just like Trump, and then mock & bully the people who stand for decency, just like Trump – THAT is a snowflake. He should suck it up buttercup, act like or, at least, he should pretend to act like an old fashioned stand-up guy his
    community can look up to instead of being another whiny, childish, grown ass man.

  16. Melissa Perreault says:

    All of us “snowflakes” need to focus our considerable power on getting sane, intelligent leaders elected to public office at every level of government. We are the majority and losers like this moron know it — that’s why they have to pull childish stunts like this one to get attention. Ignore him — he and his racist ideas will be swept onto the dustbin of history soon enough.

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