|30th June |
Bikini bus adverts banned in Manhattan's jewish districts
The makers of Georgi Vodka have staged a demonstration complete with bikinis, booze, and a lawyer crying constitutional foul. They paid a handful of scantily clad babes to rally outside a bus depot on Manhattan's West Side.
The purpose of the
protest, says the vodka company, was to shame the Manhattan Transport Authority (MTA) into reversing it's policy of accommodation when religious groups request racy ads be removed from buses in Hasidic Jewish neighborhoods.
At issue in this case
are 2 ads featuring vodka bottles nestled next to buxom butts covered by white bikini bottoms. Georgi Vodka distillers say the ad is tasteful and the MTA ban is censorship and an infringement their First Amendment rights.
The bikini ad ban applies
to buses at three depots in Brooklyn which have been accommodating the borough's Hasidic leaders for a decade now.
|29th June |
R18s can be advertised on encrypted adult TV channels from 1st September
Based on article from
Currently adverts for porn products are banned from TV, including cable and satellite.
From 1st September 2010, the rules will loosen up a bit.
On radio, softcore products may be advertised between 10pm and 5:30am but the adverts have to be
On TV, adverts for softcore/hardcore products are allowed only on encrypted adult channels. The adverts themselves must never feature hardcore but may be softcore between 10pm and 5:30am.
The published CAP rules seem to be
a bit mis-numbered and mangled though:
30.1 Radio Central Copy Clearance – Advertisements for products coming within the recognised character of pornography may be broadcast
only if they are centrally cleared.
30.2 Radio advertisements for R18-rated material are not permitted.
30.3 Television only – Advertisements for products coming within the
recognised character of pornography are permitted behind mandatory restricted access on adult entertainment channels only.
30.3.1 Television only – Advertisements must not feature R18-rated material or its
equivalent. That does not preclude advertisements for R18-rated material or its equivalent behind mandatory restricted access on adult entertainment channels.
30.3.2 Television only – Advertisements permitted under
rules 30.2 and 30.2.1 must not feature material that comes within the recognised character of pornography before 10.00pm or after 5.30am.
30.3.3 Radio advertisements for R18-rated material are not permitted.
|19th June |
Pregnant nun ice cream advert has the desired effect
Based on article from
A controversy-courting Italian ice-cream maker has run an advert featuring a heavily pregnant nun with the strapline immaculately conceived .
40 people have complained to the advertising censors of the ASA saying that it is offensive to
Christians because it mocks the birth of Jesus.
The ad, which is featured in magazines The Lady and Grazia, features a pregnant nun enjoying a pot of Antonio Federici ice-cream.
The Advertising Standards Authority has launched an
investigation to see if the campaign breaks the advertising code on the grounds of taste and decency.
Matt O'Connor, creative director at the ice-cream company, argued that it is an intelligent, challenging and iconoclastic piece of advertising
. O'Connor, who points out that he is an Irish Catholic himself.
|18th June |
Tourism organisation takes note of the whingeing Daily Mail
Based on article from
New Orleans is worried that BP oil spill may be putting off tourists to the city and so initiated an advertising campaign to assure visitors that New Orleans parties on.
Referring to historical battles with Britain, their print ad featured a
picture of Jackson Square and read, This isn't the 1st time New Orleans has survived the British.
They ran briefly but in very limited distribution, said Steve Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors
Bureau. Frankly, we've gotten notes that people loved it.
But the UK's Daily Mail newspaper was not impressed and
called it an anti-British campaign .
Orleans is now choosing to pull the print advertisement that was slated to run in major newspapers and magazines across the country. A television ad baring the same phrase has also been nixed.
You don't want to do something that's making some
folks uncomfortable, said Perry: So we decided we had so many other good ones, we'll just go with those.
|17th June |
Church of Football advert taken down after catholics complain
Based on article from
In its recent attempt to capture that ever-important viral video demographic, Hyundai created a World Cup commercial which it first released on YouTube, in which, among other things, worshippers take Eucharist on their knees receiving slices of pizza
rather than communion.
It's now been pulled by Hyundai after certain Catholic groups complained.
The ad begins with Latin singing in an Argentine church complete with a stained-glass window of a soccer ball. Worshippers (mocking the religious devotion some in Argentina have for the game) are taking Eucharist on their knees receiving slices of pizza rather that communion. The commercial also shows a soccer ball covered with a crown of thorns. It's all based, says Hyundai, on the Iglesia Maradoniana - the Maradona Church - in which followers worship Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona.
The commercial aired on TV during the US-England game, provoking the largest uproar. This ad is an outrageous affront to Catholics and a mockery of our most sacred beliefs and practices, said Fr. Marcel Taillon, a parish priest in
It's one thing to gently poke fun at extreme devotion to sports, Deacon Greg Kandra wrote on Beliefnet.com: It's another to satirize Holy Mass by ridiculing its symbols, sacramentals and gestures.
It didn't take
Hyundai long to apologise:
We take comments of this nature very seriously. Because of feedback like yours, we have removed the ad from all Hyundai communications and stopped airing it.
We credit the passionate World Cup viewers and Hyundai owners for raising this issue to us. The unexpected response created by the ad, which combined both soccer and religious motifs to speak to the passion of international soccer
fans, prompted us to take a more critical and informed look at the spot. Though unintentional, we now see it was insensitive. We appreciate your feedback and hope you will accept our sincere apologies.
The ad is gone. But the
awesome idea of serving pizza during communion lives on.
|9th June |
Fox News get wound up by glossy magazine advert with penis shadow
Based on article from
Miami Living magazine has published an ad featuring the shadow of a penis.
The ad, for dating service EstablishedMen.com, appears in the magazine's Spring/Summer issue, which features Courteney Cox on its cover. It features two lingerie-clad
women; a penis-shaped shadow appears over the chest of one of the women. The circle and arrow were added by FoxNews.com are not in the original advert.
Did they not see this, or have magazines become so desperate for ad space that they'll
'overlook' something like this? media and publishing 'expert' Penny C. Sansevieri asked FoxNews.com: But I find that every time something like this happens it elevates the exposure, good or bad - and issues will get snapped up very quickly.
A rep for the dating site told FoxNews.com that they never expected the ad to be approved:
When we created the ad, we never imagined a magazine like Miami Living would approve it, but judging by the amount
of sign-ups we received since the magazine has come out, this 'shadow penis' ad seems to work and might become a staple of our campaign, the rep said.
The magazine has apologized for running the penis shadow ad. In a statement
to Fox News, editor-in-chief Vanessa Pascale said:
This was just now brought to our attention. Miami Living magazine would like to apologise for not noticing the image. We hope that our audience recognises that we
were just as surprised as they were to find this out. I myself have looked over the magazine dozens of times [prior to this being brought to my attention] and did not detect anything hidden in the ad, which leads me to believe that establishedmen.com
must have tipped someone off as a publicity stunt. We trusted them as an advertiser. Miami Living magazine intends to review future ads more carefully so that something like this does not happen again.
|4th June |
ASA censures religious centre for nonsense claims of miraculous healing
article from asa.org.uk
A circular for Mount Zion Restoration Ministries was headlined Come and See and had the strapline Real life testimonies from London Miracle Centre . The front cover featured pictures of three individuals, whose testimonies of miraculous and
prayer-assisted healing were printed inside the circular, under the headings Miraculously Healed after Near Fatal Car Accident , Cancerous Cells Disappear After Prophetic Healing Service and Miraculously Healed of Cancer . The front
cover also featured a picture of a man in a tuxedo with the caption 'Jesus Wants the Best for You in Life' Senior Pastor, Dr Abraham . The same picture appeared again inside the circular with the caption Senior Pastor: Dr Abraham Daniel-Joel
One reader challenged whether the:
- advertiser could substantiate the claims that they had cured cancer and the serious complications suffered by the car accident victim;
- ad was irresponsible and could discourage people from seeking essential medical treatment for serious
medical conditions; and,
- use of the term Dr misleadingly implied that Dr Abraham Daniel-Joel held a general medical qualification.
- The ASA challenged whether the testimonials featured in the ad were genuine and could be
ASA Assessment: Complaints Upheld
We noted that the ad featured three testimonials that claimed Dr Abraham had cured cancer and serious head injuries sustained in a road accident. However, we
also noted that we had not seen robust, independent evidence that demonstrated that Dr Abraham had successfully treated these conditions. We therefore concluded that on this point the ad was misleading.
We noted that the ad stated
... I have seen the dead raised and I have witnessed nearly all types of healing miracles. Church ministries are like restaurants. Here ... we serve miracles. We also noted that the testimonials referred to series medical conditions, and suggested
that Dr Abraham's healing abilities were responsible for curing them. Two of those testimonials also described explicit refusals to visit a GP, go to hospital or undergo emergency surgery. We therefore considered that the ad implied that Dr Abraham was
able to treat serious medical conditions by healing alone, and we concluded that the ad could therefore discourage some people from seeking essential medical treatment for serious medical conditions.
The ASA noted Mount Zions
explanation that Abraham Daniel Joel had a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics. However, we considered that consumers were likely to understand the term Dr to mean that Abraham Daniel-Joel held a general medical qualification. Because we understood that
was not the case we concluded that the use of the term Dr was misleading.
We noted that the CAP Code required advertisers to hold signed and dated proof for any testimonial that they used, and stated that claims made in
testimonials must be supported by independent evidence of their accuracy. Because we had not seen signed and dated copies of the testimonials used in the ad, or independent evidence that verified the claims made in them, we concluded that the
testimonials were misleading.
|3rd June |
Chicago Transit Authority ban on mature games adverts found to be unconstitutional
Based on article from gamepolitics.com
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) won a partial victory earlier this year by obtaining a temporary injunction against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) over an ordinance that attempted to prohibit Mature (M)-rated game advertisements
A Judge has now permanently banned the CTA from
enforcing or directing enforcement of the ordinance. In a ruling handed down on May 17 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer ordered judgment against the CTA. It was also ruled that the ESA
was entitled to recoup reasonable attorneys' fees and costs related to the lawsuit.
Ordinance 008-147 took effect in January of 2009 and prohibited any advertisement that markets or identifies a video or computer game rated 'Mature 17+'
(M) or 'Adults Only 18+' (AO). The ESA had argued that such a ban was unconstitutional.
|2nd June |
ASA reject complaints about Burger King adverts
Based on article
Hear also internet audio advert from
Three posters and an internet ad promoted a burger chain.
a. One poster showed an image of a burger next to text that stated KING TASTY . Smaller text stated BK ANGUS. TASTE IS KING next to the Burger King logo.
poster was the same, but stated KING DELICIOUS .
c. A third poster was the same, but stated KING GREAT .
d. An internet audio ad, played on the music streaming site Spotify featured a conversation between a traffic warden and
a motorist. The motorist said Oh officer don't give us a ticket, I was just getting some king lunch. The traffic warden said I can see that and it looks king good. The motorist said Yeah it's the new three cheese Angus from Burger King.
King delicious. The traffic warden said That's a lot of king beef and cheese for sure, but I'm sorry there's no king parking here. The motorist said But I was only gone for a king minute. The traffic warden said Tell you what, give
me that king burger and we'll forget about it. You can park on King Street and go back to the king restaurant. The motorist said Huh, what a king pain. and drove off. The traffic warden called out Don't forget your king seatbelt, sir! A
voice-over then described the burger being advertised and stated King tasty.
52 complainants objected to the ads because they felt that the use of king in the ads was a reference to a swear word.
- 48 complainants challenged whether ads (a), (b) and (c) were offensive
- 13 complainants challenged whether ads (a), (b) and (c) were unsuitable for children to see
- Nine complainants challenged whether ad (d) was offensive
- Six complainants challenged whether ad (d) was unsuitable for children
ASA Assessment: Not upheld
1. Not upheld
The ASA noted that the image of the burger and the word KING could be understood to represent the advertisers name, but acknowledged that some readers
might infer that the burger also represented a swear word and considered that that association might be distasteful to some readers. We noted, however, that the posters did not feature any explicit bad language.
Although we considered that the ads
were likely to be seen as distasteful to some, because they did not include any explicit bad language, we concluded that they were unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence.
2. Not upheld
We noted that the ads did not include any
explicit bad language and considered that it was unlikely that younger children would interpret the image of the burger to represent a swear word, or that they would understand that interpretation of the ads. Although we acknowledged that some older
children might infer that the burger represented a swear word, rather than the advertisers name, we considered that most children were unlikely to associate the burger image with bad language. Because the ad did not feature an explicit swear word, but an
image of a burger, we concluded that the ads were unlikely to cause harm to children.
3. Not upheld
We understood that the ad was delivered to adults aged 18 and over on Spotify and noted it contained a familiar yet comic situation, in
which a traffic warden was prepared to ignore a parking offence in exchange for a motorists Burger King burger. We noted that the ad contained a number of references to king and considered that those could be interpreted to represent a swear word,
but that, in most instances, that reference also related to the advertisers name. Although we acknowledged that some listeners might find the ad to be in poor taste, because it was a comic scenario directed to an adult listenership and because it did not
include any explicit swearing, we concluded the ad was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence.
4. Not upheld
We understood that Spotify was a subscription service and that users had to provide a date of birth when registering and
confirm that they were 18 years of age or older, or 12 years of age or older and had received their parents or guardians consent to subscribe. We understood that Spotify targeted ads according to the age of its users and that the Burger King ad was only
delivered to users who were registered as being 18 or over. We therefore considered that the advertiser had ensured there were adequate restrictions in place to avoid the ad being delivered to under 18-year-olds.
Because we considered the ad was
unlikely to be heard by children, we concluded that the ad was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence or harm to children.
|31st May |
Glasgow Council whinges at Reebok taxi advert
Based on article from
A taxi advert for new Reebok trainers has been refused by council prudes in Glasgow because it was deemed too racy and contained the word bum .
The EasyTone running shoes advert showed woman's legs with the slogan: Better Legs And Bum
With Every Step .
The city council's licensing and regulatory committee voted against it.
A director from applicant Greaves Sports was removed from the meeting after saying taxi ads promoting lap dancing bars had been allowed. Stephen
McCranor, director of communications at Greaves Sports, also pointed out that taxi adverts for holiday companies featured bikini-clad woman, and adverts for council-run gymnasiums even featured the word bum . Reebok taxi advert The advert would
have been displayed on Glasgow taxis
McCranor said: The committee seemed to object on moral grounds due to the use of bare legs, which is ironic when you come out of City Chambers and see taxis on the road advertising lap dancing venues. We're
simply advertising a pair of shoes which helps tone up your legs and backside, in line with a global campaign run by Reebok.
Councillor Gilbert Davidson, who chaired the licensing and regulatory committee meeting, said: The committee
considers each advert on its own merits and, if necessary, takes a democratic vote on whether it should be approved. On this occasion, the majority view was that some of the text - and also the image, which showed a pair of bare legs from just below the
backside - were not appropriate.
|29th May |
Campaigners call for ban on TV advert for abortion services
21st May 2010. Thanks to Dan
Based on article from timesonline.co.uk
An advert offering abortion services will be shown for the first time on British television next week.
Last year the authorities changed their code of practice to allow condoms to be advertised on television in an attempt to reduce teenage and
unwanted pregnancies. However, they postponed a decision on whether to allow abortion, or post-conception , services to advertise because the issue was too controversial.
The new advert shows images of various women whose period is late and
are wondering what to do. The first advert will run at 10.10pm on Channel 4 on Monday and the campaign will continue until the end of next month.
The organisation that pre-vets TV ads, Clearcast UK, has not imposed any restrictions on the time of
day it can be aired except that it is not to be shown around children's programmes.
Marie Stopes International, a charity that carries out about 65,000 terminations a year at its British clinics, said that it wanted to encourage people to speak
more openly about abortion, and reach the widest possible audience with information about its services.
Julie Douglas, marketing manager at Marie Stopes, said that the advert made clear that termination was one of the services that Marie Stopes
offered, although the term abortion was not used. The ad features ordinary women who are not sure what to do if their period is late. All women will recognise that message. We do not use the term 'abortion' because we would never assume someone
wants an abortion.
Anti-abortion campaigners said they deplored the campaign. I can only express utter disbelief that this is being allowed, said Michaela Aston, a spokeswoman for Life.
To allow abortion providers to advertise
on TV, as though they were no different from car companies or detergent manufacturers, is grotesque. By suggesting that abortion is yet another consumer choice, it trivialises human life and completely contravenes the spirit of the 1967 Abortion Act.
Whatever your opinion of the procedure . . . it is ending a human life.
Campaigners also claim that the availability of abortion has encouraged more teenagers to have sex without contraception, and prevented progress in reducing the number of
teenage pregnancies. The British rate is among the highest in Europe.
Vivianne Pattison of Mediawatch UK, said: We are not a pro-life group but we do have issues with this because women with an unplanned pregnancy are in a vulnerable position.
Based on article from
Channel 4, as a publicly-funded broadcaster, needs to reassure people that it is not going to take sides on one of the most
controversial issues in British culture, said Simon Calvert, of The Christian Institute.
He added: The public and Parliament are split right down the middle on this. Why on earth can't the regulator stop the
advertising of abortion services on TV until there has been proper consideration?
Calvert said: People will be shocked to know how much public money is given to Marie Stopes to carry out abortions for the NHS: They
will be more shocked some of that money is being used to promote the pro-abortion agenda.
Comment: Nutters 'Shocked'
"Marie Stopes should not be allowed to 'ride roughshod over the widely held and deeply felt objections of a very large section of the British public', said Mr Calvert".
Yeah a bunch of God
botherers who think their religious beliefs gives them the right to dictate what women can and cannot do with their bodies makes up a very large section of the British public.
"People will be shocked
to know how much public money is given to Marie Stopes to carry out abortions for the NHS".
Or rather they might be reassured that the NHS is helping an organsation give help to young and frightened women who need help!
Update: ASA receive 300 complaints
29th May 2010. Based on
article from guardian.co.uk
The first totally innocuous UK TV commercial offering advice on abortion services has generated 350 complaints to the advert censor, the ASA.
Launched on Monday night on Channel 4 at 10.10pm, the ad for sexual health charity Marie Stopes simply
asks the question Are you late? in reference to how missing a period could mean pregnancy.
The Advertising Standards Authority has received 350 complaints from viewers 'offended' by the commercial. The ASA will assess the complaints to see
if there is grounds to investigate whether the TV commercial breached the advertising code.
No doubt the ASA simply won't want to get involved in the ongoing moral argument.
|26th May |
Advert censors publish their annual report for 2009
Based on ASA
Annual Report 2009 [pdf] from asa.org.uk
The ASA (enforcers of the advertising rules) and CAP (authors) of the advertising rules have published their annual report for 2009.
The ASA Chairman, Chris Smith set the scenes for an ever expanding remit and an ever expanding political
correctness for advertising. He wrote in his introduction:
The year ahead will throw up even greater challenges. The industry has recently reached its conclusions on proposals for an extension of the self-regulatory system to
marketing communications on companies' own websites in the digital environment, and have asked us to implement this. We are keen to play our part, and are already beginning our preparations for the launch later this year. In addition, the Government has
decided that the ASA is the right body to regulate video-on-demand ads, under the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, and we have been working with Ofcom to put the necessary structures in place for implementation soon.
We have been aware, too, of the growing public and parliamentary concern about the need to protect children and young people from harm and inappropriate content � especially in relation to the commercialisation and
sexualisation of children, the promotion of alcohol and some food products, and the potential glamorisation of violence. The rules in all these areas are increasingly strict, and we are determined to uphold them with robustness and independence.
ASA summarised their workload as: more complaints but targeted at fewer adverts:
We received 28,978 complaints during the year, an annual increase of 9.6%. However, it was reassuring that the complaints related to
significantly fewer ads (13,956) than in the previous two years, representing a decline of more than 10% from 2008.
The total of number of complaints received was lifted by a handful of ads which prompted high levels
of complaint, such as The Christian Party's bus ads claiming There definitely is a God (1,204 complaints) and Volkswagen's Matrix style TV ad (1,070 complaints).
We received 14,245 complaints about 4,732
broadcast ads. The number of broadcast ads complained about declined by 6.5% and just 785 of the complaints related to 444 radio ads. The number of non-broadcast ads complained about also declined to 9,224 (-12.5%). However, the total number of
complaints received about non-broadcast ads increased (14,733, +9%), but again this was owing to a small number of ads receiving multiple complaints.
Top 10 Adverts of 2009
As rated by the number
- The Christian Party (1,204 complaints; ruled out of remit)
Complainants objected that the bus ad's claim There definitely is a God was offensive to atheists and could not be substantiated. As a political party ad,
it was outside our remit.
- Volkswagen (1,070 complaints; Upheld in part) Graphic scenes in TV ads of a man fighting his clones, Sometimes the only one you have to beat is yourself were deemed not
suitable to be shown before 9pm.
- HomePride (804 complaints; Not upheld)
A TV ad for an oven cleaner with the strapline So easy, even a man can do it . Council ruled that the ad was
tongue-in-cheek and did not uphold the complaints that it was offensive.
- Advanced Medical Institute (525 complaints; Upheld) The poster asked Want longer lasting SEX? and attracted complaints for
being offensive and unsuitable for display in public locations where it could be seen by children. The ASA also challenged that it advertised an unlicensed medicine.
- 05 Israeli Government Tourist Office
(445 complaints; Upheld)
A poster with the headline EXPERIENCE ISRAEL featured a map of Israel that included the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. The ASA upheld complaints that the poster misleadingly implied the
regions were internationally recognised as part of Israel.
- British Humanist Association (392 complaints; ruled out of remit)
A bus ad that stated There's probably no God prompted complaints that it was offensive to people of faith and could not be substantiated. The ASA ruled that the ad did not make claims about particular religions and had an upbeat rather than hostile or offensive tone. We concluded that the ad was an expression of the advertiser's opinion and that the claim was not capable of being objectively substantiated.
- Kellogg's (323 complaints; Not upheld)
A TV ad showed a man chasing after a runaway shopping trolley with a toddler inside, only to 'save' the Crunchy Nut Cornflakes. Whilst some viewers
found the ad in poor taste, we considered it was unlikely to cause widespread offence or encourage harm to children.
- Pfizer (312 complaints; Not upheld)
A TV ad showed a dead rat emerging from a
man's mouth and stated Rat poison. Just one of the dangerous ingredients that may be found in fake medicines purchased from illegal websites. Although the imagery was distasteful for some viewers, we did not uphold the complaints because it was shown
post-11pm only and conveyed an important public message.
- SC Johnson (292 complaints; No investigation)
The TV ad for an air freshener featured a child saying Mummy I want to poo at Paul's house.
The ASA acknowledged the language and subject may be off-putting to some, but considered the ad was not likely to cause harm or widespread offence.
- Department of Health (242 complaints; No
A multi-media campaign to raise awareness of the effects of a stroke and the need to act fast portrayed people having a stroke with a fire spreading on parts of their bodies. Complainants believed the images of the fire depicting
the effects of a stroke were offensive and could be distressing, particularly to children. The ASA considered that most viewers would accept that the campaign had to be hard hitting in order to convey its important message and were unlikely to be
seriously offended or distressed.
|13th May |
Whingeing about crisp adverts in Ireland
Based on article from
Largo Foods has braved the wrath of the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland with its poster campaign for Hunky Dorys crisps, centred on busty women clad in sports gear. Complete with double- entendre tag lines, the posters attracted a threat of
legal action and 300 complaints from the public to the ASAI.
The posters are now to be withdrawn , although the campaign was never intended to last more than a few weeks anyway.
The Hunky Dorys campaign imagery loosely allied itself
with rugby and, on the basis that Largo sponsors Navan Rugby Club, the posters included the message Proud Sponsors of Irish Rugby .
This prompted a legal missive from the Irish Rugby Football Union, with the result that the company that put
up the posters went back to the sites and blacked out the Irish Rugby reference. Of course, the spat generated media coverage, as did the poster images, adding to the cut-through achieved by the brief campaign.
The ASAI is a self-regulatory body
set up and financed by the advertising sector. The ASAI's code of practice states that advertisements should avoid sex stereotyping and any exploitation or demeaning of women or men.
The association could not formally make an order forcing Largo
to pull the campaign until after its complaints committee meets on May 19th. However, the association requested Largo to pull the campaign and the company agreed.
The ASAI now has the option of insisting that Largo submit any future advertising
for approval. The body's code of practice says that if an advertiser deliberately flouts the code with the intention of generating complaints, PR and subsequent notoriety, the ASAI can insist on a vetting procedure.
Largo has form with
sexploitation advertising. In 2005, the snacks brand produced posters showing three scantily clad women and the words: Which one would you throw out of bed for eating Hunky Dorys?
Ray Coyle, owner and managing director of Largo Foods, is
unapologetic about his sexist approach. He says: The target audience for my crisps is young men and it's highly unlikely that they will have been offended by the ads. The people who have been offended were never likely to buy a packet of Hunk Dorys.
|15th April |
ASA whinges at Left 4 Dead 2 public video advert
Based on article
An ad, for the console game Left 4 Dead 2 , appeared as a video on two large screens in a London train station.
It included animated action sequences that showed zombies and humans as well as explosions. Some of the characters pointed
guns, another was shown starting a chainsaw and another held an axe; an image of a thumbless hand was also shown. Text on screen stated YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS … vs 10 MILLION ZOMBIES … THEY'RE GONNA NEED MORE ZOMBIES .
complainant challenged whether the ad:
- was likely to cause distress and offence, and
- was inappropriate for display where it could be seen by children.
1. Not upheld
The ASA noted the ad was animated and appeared without sound. Although it included weapons and some violence, we noted the action was clearly not realistic and considered
an adult audience was likely to understand it reflected the content of a fictional action game. We acknowledged that some consumers might object to the content of the ad but concluded that it was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence or
We noted the ad included images of explosions and that some of the characters pointed guns, or held chainsaws or an axe; it also included images of zombies and of a thumbless hand. We noted it was also animated and
stated YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ... , which we considered meant it was also likely to engage the attention of children. For those reasons, and because it showed some violence and scenes involving weapons or shooting, we considered it was unsuitable
for children and irresponsible to place the ad in an untargeted medium where it could be seen by children. We concluded that the ad was unsuitable for display where it could be seen by children.
On this point, the ad breached CAP Code clauses 2.2
(Responsible advertising) and must not appear again in its current form.
|9th April |
Australian state candidate runs on policy of banning sexy billboards
Based on article from
A Queensland senate candidate says she will run to ban risque billboards like the controversial Sexpo advertisement that caused 'controversy' in Ipswich earlier this year.
Family First senate candidate Wendy Francis said she would use billboards
in Ipswich from the end of this month to push her Let's make outdoor advertising G-rated campaign slogan.
She said Family First and the majority of the community were sick of sexualised advertisements being seen by children on billboards:
Our children deserve better; as adults it is our responsibility to provide a protecting and nurturing environment. I think some of the billboards out there wouldn't be allowed on television before 9pm because they are too over-the-top sexually.
She said because the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) was a self-regulatory industry body, it did not do enough to make sure billboards were censored to community standards.
The senate candidate said GOA Billboards refused to carry
her G-rated slogan advertisement, but said she was in talks with other companies. GOA joint managing director Chris Tyquin said his group rejected Ms Francis' proposed advertisement because it lacked detail.
|5th April |
Australian police censor Pizza advert
Thanks to Trog
article from adelaidenow.com.au
Shop owners call it clever marketing, but some local nutters called it pornography.
The cut-out drawing of a naked woman with a pizza slice covering her nether regions in the window of Pizza Supremo in Murray Bridge has had tongues wagging.
But owners Damien Eve and Sarah Budarick who have had to remove the artwork after a visit from the police, say they don't know what all the fuss is about.
The eye-catching piece - painted by Mrs Budarick is entitled A Slice of Heaven .
But since then, there have been complaints about the sign, with nutters describing it as offensive and even porn.
Gloria Booker, Murray Bridge Council's manager of development and environmental services, told the Sunday Mail she had received
four written complaints and six phone calls about the sign on Pizza Supremo's roof, which is close to a primary school.