Friday, February 6, 2009

15 Most Offensive, Banned and Rejected Ads

Bacardi - Canada - Banned as it "objectified and demeaned women" (ASC)

Kiss Tobacco - Israel - Banned as it contains "obscenity and ressemblance of human beings"

Paddy Power - Ireland - Banned as "the betting odds referred to each woman's chances of either being knocked down by the truck were offensive and demeaned older people"

Energizer - Chile - Rejected by the client

NO2ID - UK - Most Complained as "the barcode on Tony Blair's upper lip made him resemble Hitler, which was offensive"

Killer Heels by NMA - UK - Banned as it "trivialised and stylised violence"

Department of Health - UK - Banned as it can "frighten and distress children"

Gucci - UK

Six Feet Under TV Series - UK - Banned as they were "offensive, shocking and likely to cause undue distress"

Diesel - UK - Banned as its "sexual image was likely to cause serious or widespread offence and was unsuitable in a magazine that could be seen by children"

Russian Finance Magazine - RUSSIA - Banned for being "immoral"

The Rules of Attraction (movie) - USA - Banned as "the copulating toys were considered offensive and obscene"

Tom Ford - USA - Most Complained as "it was sexually explicit"

Towers Anti-Smoking Campaign - CHINA - Rejected as "inappropriate"

The Breast Cancer Fund - USA - Rejected by advertising spaces run by Viacom "over fears that its depiction of mastectomy scars would prove to be too shocking to the public"


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Anonymous said...

IMO,Some great, some annhh, but I wonder when did we give our power away to the control freaks who decide what is appropriate in print and war?

Anonymous said...

^To anonymous. What may seem appropriate to you may not seem appropriate to others. Take things into consideration when handling the public. Just because you have the right of free speech, press, etc., it does not guarantee that you are allowed to just create or talk in ways that could offend or harm certain groups. You can do it in private, but when the public is involve it's more controlled. Call it BS but when it's aim at you, it would a be different kind of BS.

Anonymous said...

The Tony Blair one - does the reason this is banned mean that we can make no reference to Hitler at all for fear of offending people?
Because aside from Tony Blair, I can't see who would be offended by that who would be offended by any other mention of a certain maniacal dictator from the 30's.

Ben said...

Fucking censorship.

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