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?

Kids Should Be Swimming for Their Lives

Emily Cleary | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK Parents
Emily Cleary

It's a scary fact that more than half the parents in the UK don't think their child could swim to safety in open water if they were in trouble. And yet swimming seems way down on the list of priorities of most schools, and a fair few parents too.

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.

Is This The End Of The 'Beach Body' Advert?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The advertising watchdog has launched a formal investigation into the "beach body ready" campaign and says it will no longer appear in its current for...

ASA Withdraw Ruling on Cycling Scotland Advertisement

Oliver Jeffcott | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Oliver Jeffcott

Following an attack by cycling groups, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) announced that they have withdrawn their decision to ban a television advert (pictured below) which was part of Cycling Scotland's Nice Way Code campaign.

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...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ban The Van

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 9 October 2013... 1) BAN THE VAN Another blow for #racistvan. From the Huffington Post: "The Home...

Home Office Vans Rapped As 'Misleading' By Watchdog

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK

The Home Office's controversial 'go home' immigration van campaign will have to be redesigned, the advertising watchdog has ordered. The government...

Marmite TV Advert Draws Hundreds Of Complaints

Posted 07.08.2013 | UK

A Marmite advert has drawn widespread criticism and sparked hundreds of complaints from viewers after apparently mimicking an animal cruelty documenta...

Anger Over Ikea's 'Violent Gnome Death' Advert

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK

An Ikea advert showing a couple using increasingly violent methods to kill off garden gnomes has drawn dozens of complaints from viewers. The homew...

Pussy Energy Drink Advert Banned

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

An ad for energy drink brand Pussy that reprimanded viewers for considering the word's slang alternative has been banned following 156 complaints that...

Schoolgirl Dating Website Advert Banned For 'Grooming'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

An ad for a dating website that appeared on Facebook with a picture of a woman in a school uniform has been banned for potentially encouraging groomin...

American Apparel Adverts Banned

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Controversial US retailer American Apparel has once again flouted advertising regulations with images of women in vulnerable poses "likely to cause se...

Harvey Nichols 'Lesbian Kiss' Ad Cleared By Watchdog

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A Harvey Nichols campaign showing women about to kiss their mirror image has escaped censure after drawing complaints that it was sexually explicit an...

Two Jimmy Savile Adverts Banned

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK

Two adverts which referred to Jimmy Savile have been ruled harmful and offensive after complaints that they made light of sexual abuse. An email fo...

Is It Time To Ban Airbrushing For Good?

Guy Parker | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Guy Parker

Digital fakery. Airbrushing. Perfect models with perfect make up, their perfect figures clad in perfect clothes. This imagery is everywhere and it's having a damaging effect on women and girls, who simply can't attain the unrealisable ideal.

'Distressing And Insulting' Advert Banned

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK

An advert showing a surgeon performing a brain operation while organising a holiday online has been banned after complaints it was offensive, distress...

Breast Tissue Torch Ads Banned

PA | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK

An advert for a torch-like light that claimed women could use it to detect changes to breast tissue has been banned following a complaint that it was ...

Prince William 'Authentic Likeness' Doll Advert Banned

PA | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK

An advert for a porcelain doll promising an "authentic likeness" of the Duke of Cambridge on his wedding day has been ruled misleading after a custome...

Investigation Into Shapps' Websites Closed By ASA

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Politics

The advertising standards watchdog has closed its investigation into a website linked to Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps after receiving assu...

Channel 4 Gypsy Adverts Condemned As 'Morally Bankrupt'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

The Irish Traveller Movement in Britain has described the condemnation of two adverts for Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Wedding as a "stunning victory" an...

Charlie Thomas

Car Insurance Ad Banned | Charlie Thomas | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK

Car insurance specialist RIAS has been banned from broadcasting an advert asking "Why pay more than £195?". Two complainants challenged a televisi...

Not So Special: Cereal Advert Banned Over Misleading Calorie Count

PA | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK

An advert for the breakfast cereal Special K has been banned after it was found to mislead women about the number of calories in a typical bowl. Ma...

Colgate's Advert Not Whiter Than White

PA | Posted 20.06.2012 | UK

The firm behind the Colgate brand has been reprimanded by the advertising watchdog for wrongly implying that one of its toothpastes has the backing of...

Cheese Ad Moved Post-Watershed Over 'Trivialising Violence' Complaints

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK

A cheese ad in which a miniature cowboy wields a razor and a gun has been shifted to a post 9pm slot following complaints that it trivialised violent ...