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Ad Nauseum

Posted in Uncategorized by Adam Westbrook on November 22, 2006

The Advertising Standards Agency reports weekly on any ad campaigns that have received complaints from the public.

TV ads at the moment are nothing short of terrible, so it’s good to see people are exercising their democratic right and telling ad moguls where to stick it.

But check out this week’s top complaints – they border on pedantry…and they were all upheld:

  • The NSPCC advert where the man enters his daughter’s bedroom, with the suggestion of abuse, was deemed too “sinister and frigtening”.
  • Someone complained the Virgin Trains ad with the Native Americans was “racist & trivialised Native American history”.
  • And believe it not, people had a problem with the Lynx advert with the sweaty people. Apparently it was “offensive, insensitive & made fun of sufferers of hyperhidrosis, a condition which caused excessive sweating”.

I ask you.

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