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William Hill’s Tinder ad banned in UK

William Hill’s Tinder ad banned in UK

by on May 19, 2019

A William Hill advertisement that appeared as a message to users of the dating app Tinder was banned this week by the UK’s Advertising Standards [more…]

Banned – Another ad for Jaguar

by on July 17, 2014


‘Stick one on it’ / This TV ad linking gambling to seduction has been banned

by on June 2, 2014

A TV ad for bookmaker Coral, featuring a woman wearing a jockey's outfit, has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for linking gambling to seduction. Watch the banned video...


Tesco … An ad about the banned horse meat scandal has incurred the wrath of the ASA

by on September 5, 2013

Tesco criticised by advertising watchdog ASA over banned horse meat advert

From - Tesco has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over an advert it ran that claimed the horse meat scandal had impacted all retailers.


Video / End Marmite neglect featured in this documentary-style spoof

by on August 8, 2013


Video / Pamela Anderson ad has been banned – again / Crazy Domains

by on June 25, 2013

Pamela Anderson ad banned for being degrading to women

In the ad for Crazy Domains, the 45-year-old "Dancing on Ice" star and a female colleague play business women in a board room full of men. Not only do the two women wear suits with shirts open down to their navels, but one of the men then proceeds to imagine them in bikinis, covered in cream (for some reason).


Controversial ‘Lesbian Kiss’ ad cleared after complaints made on religious grounds

by on March 8, 2013

Harvey Nichols 'Lesbian Kiss'
  • A Harvey Nichols campaign showing women about to kiss their mirror image has escaped censure after drawing complaints that it was sexually explicit and offensive on religious grounds.
  • Harvey Nichols pointed out that the ads did not depict a lesbian kiss but rather a woman kissing herself, which was also made clear by the text.
  • It added that it did not believe that an image of the same person, or of two people, on the brink of kissing could be regarded as sexually explicit and therefore capable of causing widespread offence.


Video : Keira Knightley Chanel ad is too sexy – gets banned

by on February 13, 2013

  • A television advert for perfume giant Chanel featuring Keira Knightley has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority after it was deemed ˜too sexually suggestiveâ.
  • The full commercial depicted Knightley in tight leather trousers on a motorbike headed to a photo shoot where she becomes increasingly amorous with her photographer.
  • The prime time commercial was aired during a broadcast of children's film Ice Age 2, prompting one concerned parent to complain.
  • Watch the video


Video – Banned Ad / “Of course my breasts are succulent they are all chicken”

by on September 27, 2012

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an advertisement for Rustlers convenience food on the grounds that it presents a woman as a sex object, it has been announced.

The ad features a woman dressed in a short, tight-fitting butcher's apron, stockings and high heels. The ASA has said that it received a total of 22 complaints regarding the online video ad. Some 18 complaints claim the ad presents the featured woman as a sex object, while the remaining four express concerns that the video can be seen by children.

After looking into the matter, the ASA ruled that the ad should be banned. Via UKMN [more…]

Brands to put ‘alcohol and social media’ under the spotlight to avoid regulatory hangover

by on July 20, 2012

Birmingham PR and marketing agency Seal is gathering together senior figures from some of the UK’s leading alcohol brands to plot a clearer route through the maze of rules governing the use of social media to promote their products.

While a ‘responsible digital marketing pact’ between major brewers provides an overarching vision, those working at the ‘coalface’ are concerned it doesn’t go far enough, particularly when it comes to marketing to young people.

The issues will be thrashed out in ‘How alcohol brands can avoid a social media hangover’, a specialist round table debate due to take place on Monday (23 July) being chaired by Gordon Johncox, Marketing Director of Aston Manor Brewery and organised and hosted by Seal. The Advertising Standards Authority will also be present.