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.
Ford Sports Ka The Evil twin - is a little too evil in one of the commercials apparantly. In the ad a pigeon swoops down to the bonnet of the car, but the evil car defends itself and whacks the bird away.
People who fancy pigeons are condeming the advert (suprise!). Brian Tattersall, president of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association, calls the ad "incredibly bad taste" and he has called for the advert to be banned.
Even the RSPCA has joined in the battle to bad the advert, claiming that the use of shock tactics to cause offence and gain publicity is just "very, very bad taste."
"The car is most certainly not designed to hurt animals." said a spokeswoman for Ford to Ananova
Like the posters, these ads were mock ads directing potential customers to luxurytodiefor.com, unlike the poster counterpart, the press ads were ruled "misleading but not offensive" despite more than 100 complaints to the UK advertising watchdog.
Levis "Born again" advert has been banned in New Zealand, reports stuff.co.nz.
The complains argued that the baptism imagery was highly offensive as it was a sacred Christian sacrament. The Television Commercial Approvals Bureau said the advertisement had not depicted a Christian baptism and "born again" was a phrase that could be used in non-religious circumstances. However, the board ruled that the 52 complainants had found the ceremony depicted offensive.
Something eerily familiar about those BuyMusic.com ads?
This article in Slate details how BuyMusic's new ads are blatant and shameless rip-offs of Apple's iTunes ads. Even their slogan - "Music Downloads for the Rest of Us" - rip-off the ad slogan Apple used to launch the iMac way back when.
Azcentral reports that a billboard featuring a sultry-looking Bonnie-Jill Laflin will not be seen in Helena. PETA lets you download the ad in .pdf format under that link, and explains their actions.
Those truly interested in how animals are treated at rodeos (without PETA's FUPOV) - where the animals are sports-animals, complete with stars much like basketball played by humans - should research here. PBRnow animal welfare , Prorodeo, and Rodeo about.com . Hat tip to Clayton for ranting on adlist.