More sex scandals in adland - spokesperson charged for child porn.

What is going on today? It's as if Adland is full of sexoholics pumped up on Viagra and happy pills. First that soft drink exec shows the world his not so soft package, and now this total brand killing event.
Beer ad's angry, kilted Scot faces porn charges reads the headline that is sure to send ad execs running for their aspirins. The beer brand Alexander Keith's has been using the actor as the main character in their ads for the past three years, and here is charged with kiddie pr0n. Or "two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of making child pornography available on the Internet". Yikes!

The PR-team that manage to keep this fire away from tarnishing Labatt Brewing Co's and Alexander Keiths image should win a golden fire extinguisher of sorts. Good news for actors though, Alexander Keith's beer is now looking for a new spokesman.

Robert Norman Smith, 40, was charged on Tuesday with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of making child pornography available on the Internet after police officers searched a Toronto residence.

Investigators found more than 1,000 electronic files on a computer containing child pornography images and videos, Detective Constable Eduardo Dizon of the Toronto Police child exploitation section said yesterday.

Mr. Smith was the subject of an undercover police investigation, involving people who were allegedly downloading child pornography from the Internet, that began a few months ago and will continue, Det. Constable Dizon said.

You can see one of the ads for Alexander Keith's here
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Plywood's picture

Smith is also the spokesguy of the current multi-spot Bank of Montreal campaign (2 tv spots into the campaign so far, I think), but, for some reason, none of the ace reporters covering the story are bothering to talk about that.

And, of course, Bank of Montreal isn't saying a peep. I guess they're hoping this will allllll blow over and they can just quietly sneakily move on to their next campaign without having to face any kind of media shitstorm.

Dabitch's picture

Is he really? Wow, two big brands with one child-porn case. Ouch!

AnonymousCoward's picture

wow i had no idea...is the bmo guy a different actor than kiddie porn freak?

Plywood's picture

Lame BMO spots:

1
Guy walking in a weird dollhouse store asks the owner real estate questions about a particular dollhouse as if he's looking to buy a real house. Action freezes. Alleged pedophile walks onto set amongst frozen actors. Delivers shtick "sounds like he's looking for a house bla bla bla BMO bla bla bla".

2
People in movie theatre talking about finances. As one of them tosses a piece of popcorn in the air the action freezes. Alleged pedophile walks along row behind them and picks the piece of popcorn out of the air. Delivers shtick "finances bla bla bla BMO bla bla bla".

Ohhhh, it's the same guy, all right.

And he's been in tons of spots over the years.