Barnardo's uses shock tactics to tackle child poverty, this strategy has backfired. More than 60 people contacted the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) through its website, and dozens of people called the within hours of the ads appearing.
The first in the series of newspaper adverts from Barnardo's shows a new-born baby with a cockroach crawling out of his mouth. Another advert in the "silver spoons" campaign features a baby with a methylated spirits bottle in its mouth while a third shows a baby with a syringe.
The headline on the adverts says: "There are no silver spoons for children born into poverty." Read more to see the ads.
WE sweden are in trouble for the way they advertise their underwear. While the men's packaging shows a overweight hairy man, the woman's packaging shows a girl's bottom still red after being freshly spanked.
So far six eloquent complaints have been filed with ERK (ethical advisory board in advertising) prompting the company to remove the spanked image. Greger Hagelin, CEO for WE, defends the image with "we're a skater brand, the idea was that the girl might have fallen off a skateboard."
Sloggi has finally gone one butt too far - Triumph the brand behind Sloggi, has been asked by the French advertising sector association to withdraw a billboard campaign for its Sloggi range, which has been widely condemned as offensive to women. The image depicts ladies in underwear and little else posing around poles in starstudded spotligts, reminiscent of a striptease stage.
Grey Oslo (Norway) created a sexy campaign using the naked bodies of their national soccer team players to sell pizza and chinese food, the campaign was almost banned.
When the ads ran this summer, a hot debate ensued in Norways leading papers, editorials about it ran in Aftenposten, VG and Vårt Land, and two TV news shows brought it up as well. Way to go on the free publicity guys.
Many people reported the campaign to the Forbrukerombudet as it was in their opinion breaking the basic rules: "Advertisers and those who create them shall make sure the ads are not against equality between the sexes, nor using either genders body or gives the impression of a offensive or condesending attitude of woman or man"
Two ads with the same idea to turn the product into something else. One for towels, the other for blankets. Both have campaigns around the idea. And both used the exact same item for these particular ads.
Madonna is facing legal action after the son of a French fashion photographer accused her of copyright infringement.
Guy Bourdin, born in Paris in 1928, was best known for his work with French Vogue who published his photographs from the 1950s to the 1980s. He died in 1991.
Samuel Bourdin argues that the singer's most recent promotional video, 'Hollywood' directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, included images that mirrored those taken by his late father. To see the images side by side click: Hollywood
The recent lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in Manhattan, accuses Madonna of copyright infringement for imitating imaged in at least 11 Boudin works.
Izvestia writes that this ad, from the Russian Finance magazine was banned with immediate effect in Moscow. The poster company had to tear down a 100 posters overnight after receiving a stern letter from Igor Presnyakov, chairman of the Moscow Committee for advertising and information.
Igor (and probably anyone else who saw it) thought the image depicted a sex scene, while the magazines publisher said: "I thought the currencies were dancing on our poster". A cossack dance, maybe....
The Australian Jockey Club have been accused of bad taste after running and advert depicting two women toying with a cigar and caressing each other.
Critics say the ad degrades women - which ironically is designed to attract more women aged 18-35 to the races.
Amanda Stevens, managing director of SplashGroup, said to the Herald Sun: "This ad is denigrating to women. Women just don't behave like that at the races. This is a male fantasy."
The ad was created by AdPartners in Sydney whos Marketing Director Steve Reid defended the ad, saying the scenes featuring women caressing each other and a woman playing suggestively with a cigar were only minor elements.
Beckham, the first western celeb to be used in advertising campaigns in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, has been red carded by Irans advertising authority. In Tehran posters were first black 'dotted' obscuring Beckhams face (similar to adbusters black dot), but now the entire posters have been covered in black cloth.
Also, the commercial featuring Beckhams famous legs has been pulled off the air, both the Sunday times .za and itv report.
The advertisers now plan to modify their campaign. "For the billboards we're going to change the picture so that it just shows the back of Beckham's head and for the television commercials we're planning to draw on some extra long shorts," he said.
Honda received so many complaints for its latest australian commercial, that it withdrew the ad less than 48 hours after its Sunday evening release.
In the ad, created by Foote Cone & Belding, a man on a rooftop carpark admires the new Honda so much that his own car commits caricide by driving itself off the roof.
"We were showing it was the car doing it by itself and we focused on the jealousy of the vehicle. We didn't expect the insensitivities to come through so strongly." said Andrew Scott to smh.au
"The national depression initiative, beyondblue said the company had demonstrated gross insensitivity to the major Australian health issue of suicide." from bandt.com
"People ringing in with heart-wrenching stories of their own personal experience with suicide and within the light of that, we're not in the business of creating offence or harm in the community and effective yesterday we pulled the ad," said Honda Australia director Lindsay Smolley to abc.net
Also reported at JustAuto. Hat Tip to Clayton on adlist.