Banned ads


Banned ads


Britney bans bad billboard ads using her bald head

The Smoking Gun reports 'Britney ballistic over billboards' and the ex-pop tart may sue for "nut job" advertisements using her bald head. The ads area headlined "Total Nut Jobs," "Shock Therapy," and "Certifiable." clearly questioning Britney's sanity, and while her lawyer doesn't touch on weather she is nuts or not he claims Spears's "likeness has a multi-million-dollar value for authorized commercial exploitations" and, as a result, she is entitled to "very substantial damages" from Clear Channel.

Note, not sure if the headlines "Total Nut Jobs," "Shock Therapy," and "Certifiable." are talking about Britney or the hacks who created these shite ads.


Captivity 'abduction, torture and death' posters cause outrage.

The Hollywood reporter says Curtain falls quickly on 'Captivity' ad campaign - the Los Angeles billboards and taxi ads for the mov


Dolce and Gabbana 'gang rape' ad banned in Australia

The Dolce and Gabbana 'gang rape' ad has been banned in Australia too now.

"The advertisement showing a woman pinned to the ground by the wrists by a bare-chested man, with other men in the background looking on", has been banned since yesterday, the Advertising Self-Discipline Institute (IAP) said. The ad, according to the IAP has:

"offended the dignity of the woman, in the sense that the feminine figure is shown in a degrading manner. The woman has an alienated expression, with an absent look. The woman is immobilised and subjected to a man's will.


Dove's new pro-age campaign for real beauty, banned because of nudity

Dove is at it again with their campaign for real beauty, currently airing several different parts of the campaign. Or not airing, as the case is with their Pro Age ad. Six over-50 gorgeous women do their best 'calender girl' homage in the latest ad posing buck naked in the ad, which is banned from airing because - get this - it "shows too much skin". Seems the TV ads don't adhere to FCC regulations.
GettyImages blog says:

This whole debacle is fascinating to me on two fronts. 1) How can it be that Ms. Spears is allowed to gyrate in a bikini top on MTV with a snake whilst singing "I'm a slave for you" to 12 year olds, but 50-something women are not allowed to be shown sans clothes in what I would argue is a completely tasteful, if not downright elegant manner? And 2) why is said "debacle" not more of a…well…debacle? The only mainstream coverage I was able to find on this was here, and that's on a Canadian news site.

It gets better - or worse - pro-family and women's groups are urging a boycott of Dove products for "contributing to the sexualization of women as a commercial tool, as well as exposing children to adult nudity."


VW pulls "jumper" ad

VW gas gun We've come a long way baby. The VW Jumper ad (inside for those who haven't seen it yet) created by Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami has been pulled after complaints from several groups among them Suicide Prevention Action Network, National Alliance on Mental Illness, American Psychiatric Association, Mental Health America and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Just last week General Motors decided to edit the Robot Superbowl spot where a depressed assembly robot dreams that he jumps off a bridge.

Right now, thousands of creatives are mimicking shooting themselves in the head with their markers, I bet. The VW "jumper" commercial is inside - not in youtubian format. It keeps getting posted and yanked there since it breaks their terms of service. (Do'h people!)


"We love boobs" campaign gets 'banned' - again.

And if at first you don’t succeed, you can dust yourself off and try try again. Lindex seems to live by this motto, as last year their "we love boobs" campaign was banned by clearchannel (Who own practically all the outdoor adspace in Sweden) and the campaign was not allowed to run in the subway or on the city buses.
This year Lindex thought they'd do it again, and up until a few days ago, it looked like it might work. Just last week Johan Hallin, marketing executive at Lindex, confidently told Resume "This time SL (the public transport authority) has seen the campaign and approved it".

He must have not gotten the memo - because today Resume reports that SL allows the images, but not the headline "we love boobs".


Dolce & Gabbana knife ad axed by ASA

Dolce & Gabbana has had some theatrical looking ads where men brandish knives banned by the ASA. After receiving 157 complaints, including from groups such as Mothers Against Murder And Aggression (“MAMAA”) and Media March the ASA agreed that the knives were brandished aggressively and the image of a man lying on the ground with a wound to his forehead added to the overall impression of violence and upheld the complaint.


Lavazza gets pin-up ad banned in Sweden

Swedes - the prudes with the scandalous reputation and the high ratio of buxom blondes has banned a Lavazza ad as it was discriminating. See tame pin-up inside.


Bishops Finger ad deemed too raunchy

A woman in a revealing mediaeval frock sits perched atop a hay bale, declaring "I love a good session on the Bishop's Finger". , and honestly now who doesn't? I know I love a good round of the Bishop's finger!


Dumbest ad ban ever.

BBC news reports about an ad being banned because a punter typed the wrong URL.

The radio advert which pointed people to a site that advises children on how to stay safe online, can not be broadcast again in its current form.
A listener who wanted to see the site spelled the url with "you" instead of "u" and ended up on a porn-link page.

Chris Fox, as sly as one, the "you" URL's owner is probably laughing all the way to the bank. The "you" URL was registered 15-Feb-2006, shortly after the first airing of the now banned advert. Clever. Remember kids, have all common variations of your URL registered before your enemies do. ;)