Advertising agencies branded the ASA "too conservative" and "narrow-minded" after it banned the Post Office commercial calling on children to write to Santa Claus.
The Media Guardian reports that the Mr. Kipling Christmas ad campaign, which shows a woman giving birth to a baby girl during a nativity play, has received over 100 complaints in the UK.
The TV commercial, created by Saatchi & Saatchi, has been branded "blasphemous" and "offensive" by viewers.
The advert opens with a shot of a screaming woman named Mary apparently about to give birth. When the camera pans out it becomes apparent she is acting in a badly acted nativity play.
As we discovered in the comments of OOH Miller lite Maxim ad where the dog sniffs a woman's butt, that image has already existed all around the web. Hmmm.
Here are two great campaigns that were separated at birth. One's for a charity and the other's for a big international bank. Hmmm...who will you side with?
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The UK advertising watchdog (ASA) has banned a Rizla advert because it could be seen as condoning the use of cannabis.
The Rizla ad carried the line "Twist and Burn" - immediatly a rival brand complained to the ASA and claimed the ad "condoned the product's use for the consumption of illegal drugs".
The ASA carried out an investigation and found that, in some dictionaries, "twist" was a slang term for a cannabis joint and "burn" could be referred to smoking one, they also added that 'cannabis cigarettes are normally fatter than those filled with tobacco and twisted at one end to prevent the contents falling out.' wow, they know their stuff. ;)
Boots made a booboo, showing an image of Jamie Oliver in the Boots Christmas Gift Guide - the catalogue is now being hastily withdrawn.
Oliver graces the cover of the calender, but some peoples imagination went haywire, and to them it looked like someone had crudely appended a penis onto the picture of the naked chef.
Alas, the offending item between Olivers legs is an innocent bag of fruit. It's when the image is scaled down things get bit fuzzy....
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.
Excerpt from the Media Guardian:
"A sexually suggestive campaign for the lads' magazine FHM that appeared to show a woman performing oral sex on a man has been banned by the advertising watchdog.
The Advertising Standards Authority said the advert, for spin-off fashion title FHM Collections, was "likely to cause serious or widespread offence" and ordered the magazine not to use it again."
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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."
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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.
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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"
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Nothing, but nothing is sexier than a nice, pair of juicy badland commercials.
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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.
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