Advertising Standards Authority

Why Your Children Will No Longer See This Skincare Advert On TV

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Parents

A skincare advert featuring Jorgie Porter has been banned from being shown on TV when children could be watching. The Advertising Standards Authority ...

Banning This Pretty Little Things Ad Sends A Dangerous Message About Women's Sexuality

Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Style
Ellen Wallwork

How insulting for these young women to be told they look like children - just because they possess the very same characteristics seen on most models featured in advertising: "smooth facial features, doe eyes, long lashes". There are shelve-loads of beauty products that promise to give women smooth facial features, doe eyes and long lashes. Should we ban them too?

Pretty Little Thing Told To Ensure Future Adverts Don't 'Sexualise' Models Who 'Resemble Kids'

The Huffington Post | Patricia Yaker Ekall | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Style

Pretty Little Thing has had to take down an advert after it was banned by the Advertising Standard Authority (ASA) because a viewer complained the mod...

We Are Entering The Post-Milk Era: Why The ASA Ruling Shows We Are Moving Past Dairy

Zephie Begolo | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Zephie Begolo

It is no wonder people are starting to move away from dairy in their droves. It shows that we are becoming more conscious and more compassionate as a society when it comes to our food. The ASA decision confirmed this and will help consumers make healthier, kinder choices as we enter the post-milk era.

Club Night Advert Banned For Being 'Inherently Sexual' And 'Objectifying Women'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An advert for a club night at Lola Lo has been banned for being “inherently sexual” and promoting irresponsible drinking. The ad, to promote club ...

Sexist Ads Harm People Of Every Gender. Of Course They Should Be Banned

Amelia Womack | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

The social, emotional and economic damage tied to gender stereotyping, objectification and unrealistic bodies in advertising is clear. Evidence from academics and public opinion research included in the report all reached the same conclusion.

New Rules Due To Protect Kids Against 'Harmful Gender Stereotypes' In Adverts

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK

New advertising standards are being developed to target ads that feature stereotypical gender roles and “mock people for not conforming”. A study ...

'Highly Sexualised' Femfresh Shaving Advert Banned For 'Objectifying Women'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A Femfresh advert for bikini line shaving products has been banned for portraying women in an overly sexualised way. The advert showed women dancing a...

Khloe Kardashian Protein World Advert Cleared By Watchdog Of 'Social Irresponsibility'

Press Association | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An ad featuring Khloe Kardashian for Protein World, best known for its controversial “beach body ready” campaign, has been cleared following compl...

Cara Delevingne’s Rimmel Mascara Advert Has Been Banned

PA | Susan Devaney | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Style

A Rimmel mascara ad featuring Cara Delevingne has been banned for using production techniques that exaggerated the effect of the make-up, the Press As...

Lesbians And Twerking Men Commercials Offended More Brits Last Year Than Domestic Violence Ads

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK

Adverts featuring twerking businessmen in high heels and shorts and blind footballers kicking cats were among the most complained-about commercials of...

This Man Dancing In Heels And Hot Pants Was The 'Most Offensive Ad' Of 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK

A man cavorting in high heels and hot pants and an advert that cast doubt over Santa's existence topped the list of most complained about ads in 2015,...

Advert Banned For 'Tasteless Joke' About Child Slaves

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK

Britain's advertising watchdog has banned an "offensive" online gambling advert for likening an embattled Premier League manager to a child slave in t...

We'll Be Back Right After This Break - The Fact and Fiction About Advertising of Payday Loans

Russell Hamblin Boone | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK
Russell Hamblin Boone

Short-term lenders have proven themselves to be committed to responsible advertising, continual improvement and consumer protection. Yet some guarantor lenders and other credit providers still advertise widely, using many of the techniques that payday lenders have been told are unacceptable.

Advert Banned For Suggesting Private Health Care Offers 'Better Chance Of Survival'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An advert for insurer Bupa has been banned for implying that cancer patients have a higher chance of survival if they receive private health care. ...

When It Comes to American Apparel, Regulators Are Total Hypocrites

Nash Riggins | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Style
Nash Riggins

This war on American Apparel has got to stop - least of all because it's just giving the company exactly what it wants. But the ASA has got to realise that it's a complete waste of time to point a finger at one company in particular without pointing a finger at the industry as a whole.

Hanibal Costume Suggested People With Schizophrenia Are Murderers

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK

A website selling a Halloween outfit called 'adult skitzo costume' has been rapped by the advertising watchdog for implying that people with mental il...

This Woman Is Doing Something Not Seen In A TV Ad For 49 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK

The first advert to show people smoking for nearly 50 years are airing air on British television today. A commercial for e-cigarette brand VIP will...

The Sun Offered A Page 3 Girl As A Prize And It Did Not Go Down Well

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK

An advert for The Sun newspaper has been banned for being "sexist, offensive and socially irresponsible" after it offered a date with a topless Page 3...

Ministers Refuse To Ban Payday Loan Ads On Kids' TV

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers have declined to back MPs' calls for a ban on payday loan adverts on children's television despite admitting there had been a "concerning" r...

Pistorius Advert Is Most Complained-About UK Advert Of All Time

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

Paddy Power's controversial Oscar Pistorius advert has become the most complained-about UK advert of all time with the Advertising Standards Authority...

WATCH: 'Sexual' E-Cigarette Adverts Investigated

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK

A sexually-suggestive advert for e-cigarettes is being investigated by the watchdog. The promotion, for the VIP brand, was described as "cheeky" by...

'Masturbation' Protein Shake Ad BANNED After Complaint

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK

This ad for protein shake brand For Goodness Shakes has been banned by the advertising watchdog, which deemed that its references to male masturbation...

Tweet to Highlight How Film Posters Can Glamourise Guns

John Slinger | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Slinger

If enough people take up the challenge, we might collectively achieve some "crowd-research" which might be useful to those who research the influence of depictions of guns and gun violence. Either way, it might stimulate much-needed debate about the casual normalisation of violence in our society.Whilst we hear much debate about whether gun violence in films or computer games can propel young men or boys (for they are almost always male) to commit mass murder or violence, we rarely hear about the effect of images on film posters.

How the UK Government Ignored the Most Basic Law of Advertising

Hugh Salmon | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

The Rt Hon Theresa May, Secretary of State for the Home Office has announced that she wishes to create a 'hostile environment' for illegal migrants to...