'We sell big knockers' ad banned
A door and window company has been order to stop using an advert which features a picture of a topless woman accompanied by the slogan: "We sell big knockers."
The ad by Tricketts of Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales showed the woman's breasts discreetly covered by a pair of door knockers. The ad said "We sell big knockers.....Window Hinges, Door Handles, Window Handles ..."
A woman complained to the Advertising Standards Agency that she found the poster offensive.
An Agency report said "A member of the public, who believed the poster was demeaning to women and unsuitable for general display where children might see it, challenged whether the poster was offensive.
"Tricketts said the poster had been on display for a little over two months and in that time they received positive feedback from customers, who believed the poster was humorous.
"They said they had received only one complaint and therefore did not believe the poster was demeaning to women or likely to cause offence to the general public.
"The ASA noted that the text 'WE SELL BIG KNOCKERS' was clearly a crude comparison between the woman's breasts and the door knockers Tricketts sold, and that the image had clearly been chosen for that reason.
"We also noted the image bore no relevance to the products sold by Tricketts, a door and window installation company.
"We considered that the image and text were likely to be seen to objectify and degrade women by linking their physical attributes to the advertiser's door and window products, and concluded that the image, in an untargeted medium where it could be seen by a general audience, and which bore no relevance to the advertised products, had the potential to cause serious offence to some consumers.
"The poster breached CAP Code clauses 5.1 and 5.2 (Taste and decency).
"The poster must not appear again in its current form."
………..So….One complaint out of thousands that saw the advert and the ASA ( who the fuck censures them??) ban a funny advert that added humour to peoples mundane life……Another example of the end of freedom in Britain which is fast becoming the most anal retentive country in the world!!!!!!