At least that's the message sent by UK watchdog Broadcast Advertising Clearence Centre. Internet service provider in the UK, madasafish, had one of their TV adverts banned by the watchdog making fun of Sir Winston Churchill.

Chief Executive, David Laurie described the ban, reported in today’s Mail on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph, as absurd and an affront to the British sense of humour.
The banned 30-second ad features Harry Enfield playing his loud-mouthed TV character Frank Doberman and shouting "Oi, Winston, No" at a bemused Churchill. Doberman rounds off by calling Churchill "You porky Prime Minister".

Other adverts in the campaign feature Captain Cook and Einstein, although they received no complaints.

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Comments (2)

  • Dabitch's picture

    Tossers. David makes sense:

    madasafish boss David Laurie said: “I can hardly believe the Nanny State has come to the point of blocking the kind of ironic mockery for which we are world-famous.

    Jan 16, 2005
  • James_Trickery's picture

    Hardly shocking. But getting something banned is better PR than anything lately.

    Jan 16, 2005

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