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

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Calvin Klein Ad Banned
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"Lock the door..."

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 Chanel Coco Mademoiselle fragrance commercial starring Keira Knightley. Keep reading »

Free The Dick Smith Foods Commercial!

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"I Love Dick!"

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 fight the decision and have the purposefully cheeky ad aired. Let’s support his cause. Say it with me: I Love Dick!  Oh, and the video is NSFW if your employer takes sexual innuendo seriously. In which case … they are the enemy! [DListed]

Natalie Portman’s Dior Mascara Ad Banned In The UK

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Dakota Fanning's ad for Marc Jacobs was deemed too provocative. Read More »
Tavi On Photoshop Ban
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She's not sure how effective Seventeen's pledge will be. Read More »

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 to look at an ad and say, “Wow, that foundation looks great, I want to try it,” when the model has not only been subjected to hours of professional hair and makeup but has also been Photoshopped to the point of no recognizable human features? Keep reading »

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 ASA concluded that action “could be seen to simulate the injection of opiates into the body.” The ASA also felt that Belle’s movements later in the ad, including one in which “her body [seizes] upwards while lying on the floor,” could be viewed as “simulating the effect of drugs on the body.” Personally, I just think she’s dancing like nobody’s watching. Kind of hilariously, the Daily Mail U.K. notes that the ad has already been viewed by 44 million people and that a whopping 96 percent of French women (specifically!) didn’t think there was anything inappropriate about the commercial. So what do you think? Do you side with the crusty old ASA or those hip French ladies? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

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 in the U.K. after the child-proof hour of 7:30 p.m. Oddly enough, the ad has run here in the States for almost a year without a peep. Beyonce has got this country on lock down! Great Britain, not so much. Well, hopefully this means she’s going to cover 2 Live Crew’s “Banned In The U.S.A,” except make it U.K. That would be rad-unkulous! [Celeb Jihad via OMG Blog]
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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 “after” photo!! I know, shocking, right? The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority pulled the ad and released this statement:

“We considered that, in order to make the before and after comparison fair, both shots should have been taken under the same conditions (both without makeup) to ensure that any visible improvement was an accurate representation of what could be achieved with the product.”

What I’m wondering is: do these people (the consumers and the ADA) seriously believe skin care companies don’t normally use makeup on models to give the illusion of clearer skin (or, in the case of “before” pictures, bad skin)?! I think that’s the real crime here. [via Huffington Post and The Guardian] Keep reading »

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