Posts tagged "banned ads"

Is This Keira Knightley Chanel Ad Unfit For The Eyes Of Children?

The British Advertising Standards Authority strikes again! The ad censorship watchdog, responsible for putting the kibosh on everything from scummy American Apparel ads to a photo of an underage Dakota Fanning holding a perfume bottle between her legs for Marc Jacobs, is cracking down on another campaign. Next up on the chopping block is a…

Rachel Krause / February 15, 2013

Free The Dick Smith Foods Commercial!

This innuendo-laden Dick Smith Foods commercial was made especially to run on Australia Day this coming weekend, but was deemed too offensive for TV. I happen to think it’s brilliant. We should all be so lucky as to watch this video and learn how to master dirty word play. Dick Smith says he’s determined to…

Ami Angelowicz / January 25, 2013

Natalie Portman’s Dior Mascara Ad Banned In The UK

I’m pretty much apathetic in the face of Photoshop. It’s an annoying (and undeniably rampant) practice for sure, but at this point I’m just like, “duh, nobody looks like that.” It’s ridiculous! But if there’s one variety of photo-altering that really, truly baffles me, it’s in the case of beauty advertisements. Are we seriously supposed…

Rachel Krause / October 23, 2012

YSL Ad Banned For Simulating Drug Use

A commercial for Yves Saint Laurent’s Belle D’Opium fragrance has been banned in the U.K. because the ad supposedly shows models “simulating drug use.” The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) “therefore concluded it was irresponsible and unacceptable for broadcast.” In the ad (above), the character of “Belle” runs her finger down her arm and the…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 2, 2011

Beyonce Ad Is Banned In The U.K.

Beyonce’s new perfume “Heat” is actually getting some serious heat from the British Advertising Standards Authority. Apparently, the commercial inspired 14 viewers to send in mail basically sayin’, “Mah baby saw Beyonce doing a sexy pants dance and now s/he is dry humpin’ walls too!” So, this ad can now only be aired i…

Simcha / November 18, 2010

Clean & Clear Ad Banned For Using Makeup In “After” Photo

I had to laugh when I read about a recent ad for Johnson & Johnson’s Clean and Clear Spot Control Kit getting pulled from British television recently. When consumers complained that their skin didn’t look the actress’s in the commercial, Johnson & Johnson admitted that, get this, the actress was wearing makeup in the…

Wendy Atterberry / January 7, 2010

American Apparel Ad Banned For Looking Too Much Like Child Porn

The model in these photos is actually 23, but her youthful gaze (what so many women aspire for, apparently!) has gotten another American Apparel ad banned by the UK Advertising Standards Authority. That ad (see it here) originally appeared in Vice magazine and caught the watchdog group’s eye because, apparently, it “sexualise[s] a model who…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 2, 2009

The Daily Squeeze: Paula’s Bod, Banned Haircare Ads, And More Sleep

Paula Abdul might never have another decent single, but her body continues to be a hit, even among her younger fans (who probably have never heard “Forever Your Girl.”) “Most people say I look better than I ever have,” Paula said. “It feels good when I see young boys staring at me, saying, ‘I wish…

Catherine Strawn / March 12, 2008