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First viral advert banned by the ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned its first internet viral ad. The watchdog said the images in the advert for Midway Games' Mortal Kombat campaign titled Blood on the Carpet were offensive and irresponsible.

The advert's creators said was meant to be humorous, but the ASA said it had had one complaint and that the advert was irresponsible, since it glorified violence and some scenes could be emulated.

The ASA said the ad showing a man's heart being ripped out and another being decapitated caused distress and serious offence.

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BBC "Faces" campaign withdrawn after more than 1300 complaints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.
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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."

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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". More shocking than force feeding geese so that their livers will become grotesquely enlarged and make a nice snack? Apparently so, read more to see full images.

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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.

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Billboard with logo over nude man's doodle gets banned

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

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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".

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No "squish" please we're British.

An ad encouraging men to get checked for prostate cancer, starring Ricky Gervais, comedian with a past as a new wave popstar now most famous for his role as David Brent in "The Office", has banned from radio waves before nine pm as it was too offensive.. A soundeffect has also been removed from the ad - a 'squish' noise - to santize the ad. Why? Well it's a touchy subject (pun intended) I guess. The sound effect is in the ad as Ricky who plays the doctor is inserting a finger to check the prostate.

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ASA wants proof prayer heals for SA church ad

The Solid Rock church in Johannesburg has been running ads claiming that "people are now getting healed of Aids or cancer, diabetics, broken bones, heart, back and many other problems are instantly healed in the name of Jesus Christ."

A complaint against unsubstantiated claims was brought to the ASA which has banned the ad until the church can produce irrefutable evidence to support those claims.

Solid Rock pastor Johan van Wyk said the advert was placed in a Johannesburg community newspaper after two people were carried into the church dying of Aids.

"They walked out of our church and walked back in the next week. The church presented sworn affidavits of healings, including a doctor's certificate in the case of a congregant who has been healed of Aids."

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Helium Huffing Ad Bannage

This week was a banner week in the UK for banning radio ads that have helium related themes.

One radio ad was for MasterCard. It featured a man singing over the phone in a high-pitched voice to his girlfriend and followed their "priceless" campaign. There were two complaints.

The other spot was for Travelocity, a part of the "Alan Whicker" Traveling Gnome campaign. In the ad the gnome is enjoying a ride in a helium balloon, and he says "speaking of helium it's the perfect stuff to help me tell you all about Travelocity in a short commercial." There was one complaint.

(Read on for more...)

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UKTV 'crack house' posters condemned

Local councillors didn't see the funny in the billboards for UKTV's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition', and want them taken down.

The posters depicts a framed floral cross-stitch with headlines like "Bless this crack house", "There's no place like home for a gangland slaying" and "Home Sweet Derelict Trailer Park".

The leader of Lambeth Council, councillor Peter Truesdale said that the campaign should be stopped and said: "Crack houses should be closed down, not glorified on billboards. We have a zero-tolerance policy on crack houses and this kind of advertising is poking fun at the work of the council and police."

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