Banned ads


Banned ads


Dolce & Gabbana gay kiss ad not banned

At least eightynine people complained about the gay kiss in the Dolce & Gabbana advert which super adgrunts can see here. However, this is not a good enough reason to ban it, says the ASA :
"We did not consider that a kiss between two men automatically made an ad unacceptable for broadcast or that the kiss was in itself grounds for imposing a stricter timing restriction," it said in its ruling.


Risqué Tongue billboard complaint upheld in NZ

New Zealand's ASA has upheld the complaint of shoe retailer Tongue's risqué billboard ad, finding it indecent.


First jesus related ad bannage of the year

The first ad victim of the ban-hammer is rather tame, but bound to offend someone in "80% Catholic" Lithuania.

Beer-brewing company Kalnapilio-Tauro Grupe have been "condemned" by the Catholic Church in Lithuania, as Kalnapilio-Tauro used an image of Jesus Christ wearing headphones to advertise its beer. "Many believers are hurt and outraged that the Saviour's image... was used for advertising beer," said Archibishop Sigitas Tamkevicius in a statement. "The use of Catholic symbols for commercial purposes and especially for advertising alcoholic beverages is absolutely unjustifiable." Why the headphones? Well, if you bought a beer you could win a CD. God help them, as that's not very creative at all. ;)


Women's legs banned from outdoor ads in Moldovan capital

In the Moldovan captial, Chisinau, authorities have ordered billboards using the image of a woman's legs to advertising pantyhose to be removed.

Acting mayor Vasily Ursu said earlier that showing women’s legs on billboards was contrary to the standards of ethics and advised designers to look for a more creative solution than just capturing bare legs.
Ursu, however, said: "If you show me similar billboards in other cities, I may let them be used again."

You can see the image of the "offensive" legs at the link above.


First viral advert banned by the ASA: Blood on the carpet

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned its first internet viral ad.


BBC "Faces" campaign withdrawn after more than 1300 complaints

They defended it for a long time, the infamous faces advert for digital TV, but the BBC has been forced to withdraw the advert with the creepy head, made up of lots of smaller heads. At the end of November it had only received 400 complaints, but now that number has climbed to 1,300 complaints.
A spokesman for the BBC is trying to save face - heh - by stating that the trailer had simply "finished slightly early", after it "achieved its goal".

The BBC's own website is witness to how much people were genuinly creeped out by the image - comments include:
"As a registered psychotherapist, I wish to protest that this image is disturbingly psychotic. Its unacknowledged aggression could make a fragile viewer ill".
Another entry reads: "I was having my dinner when the advert came on and it was all I could do to keep my food down. The images actually made my skin crawl."


Refused anti-Foie gras ads - too shocking says railway company

Down in Belgium the animal rights activist group GAIA has gotten their anti-Foie gras campaign banned, sorta. The railway company where the ads were meant to run won't have them because they find the images "too shocking".


Banned TV Spot - John Woo style

If account people don't kill a fun concept, then the lawyers will. This moving spot was banned from officially airing on television.


Billboard with logo over nude man's doodle gets banned

A billboard featuring a nude Italian singer sponsored by fitness company, has been banned by the ASA.


Alibi Jeans Billboard Banned in NZ

A whopping six people complained about a billboard campaign in New Zealand for Alibi Jeans by King Street Advertising. The Advertising Standards Complaints Board has now labelled the ads offensive.

One of the complainees was concerned about school children and the general public being exposed to "this level of gratuitous sexual intent".

"The lump under the sheet where his genitals would be leaves no doubt as to her intention," the complainant said.

However, Alibi Jeans said the concept showed "the empowerment of women using a typically male scenario".

Read on to see the "offensive ad".