Topic: Advertising Standards

Gallery: The 15 Most Controversial Ads Of 2011

Gallery: The 15 Most Controversial Ads Of 2011

Yes, we know it’s 2012, but 2011 was such a banner year for polarizing fashion and beauty campaigns that it took us a few days to make sure we got them all: Dakota Fanning reclined suggestively for Marc Jacobs, racism and extreme thinness were all over the place, truth in advertising was dashed in favor of thorough photo editing, and a hair salon in Canada promised to give you the perfect haircut for enduring domestic violence. Check out all the questionable decisions and bad taste from Nivea, Miu Miu, Dior, Donna Karan, and many more. More »

ASA Bans These Deodorant Ads For ‘Degrading Women’

ASA Bans These Deodorant Ads For 'Degrading Women'

British watchdog group the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is on a roll: they recently banned images of too-skinny models, Dakota Fanning‘s Lolita posing and Hailee Steinfeld‘s Prada campaign. Their latest target is Lynx–UK equivalent of reliably tasteless deodorant brand Axe–which is owned by Unilever. The ads depict UK glamor model Lucy Pindar in various compromising positions… More »

Ads Featuring Skinny Model Banned In UK, Deemed “Socially Irresponsible”

Ads Featuring Skinny Model Banned In UK, Deemed "Socially Irresponsible"

Yesterday, we told you about how UK watchdog group the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned a Marc Jacobs fragrance ad starring Dakota Fanning for its obvious riff on Lolita. In the same fell swoop, they also banned the following ads for British fashion label Drop Dead, after showcasing the model’s extreme thinness was deemed “socially irresponsible.” More »

Naomi Campbell Cadbury Ad Deemed Not Racist By British Advertising Standards Authority

Naomi Campbell Cadbury Ad Deemed Not Racist By British Advertising Standards Authority

As you may recall, Cadbury recently ran an ad that made reference to supermodel Naomi Campbell which sparked a bit of controversy. The ad copy read “Move over, Naomi, there’s a new diva in town.” The diva to which Cadbury compared Campbell was a chocolate bar. Naomi Campbell (and many other people of varying skintones) found the ad offensive. Cadbury apologized and withdrew the campaign. …Now British watchdog group the Advertising Standards Authority has More »