Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Smut on smut channel - shock horror!!

Not so much the advertisers themselves this time, but the authority that purports to regulate them.

No video this time, sorry ;)

Imagine you're watching an adult themed channel at 6.40am.

An advert for a parody of the Blair Witch Project called "The Bare Tits Project" pops up. (Mistakenly, apparently - the advert shouldn't have gone out.)

Tagline:  "In 2009 4 students went out to make a naughty documentary in Epping Forest ... They never returned but the footage was found a year later ...".


Now given that the advert (from the ASA description) has nothing more explicit than that which may be found on Page 3 of your favourite Red Top, and bearing in mind that this is "Tease Me 2" what would your reaction be?

1) Ignore it because you realise that kids won't typically be watching Tease Me 2, especially in households where the parents are actually parenting and have probably put the controls on such channels.

2) Ignore it because you realise that no-one except you will be watching Tease Me 2 at 7am in the morning.

3) You wouldn't be watching it anyway, since you either realise that there's very little smut on the smut channels that early in the morning, or you have better things to be doing then. Like sleeping.

4) Complain to the ASA that people might be offended at seeing smut on the smut channels at early-o'clock in the morning and it would "cause serious or widespread offence [and] that the depiction of nudity contravened [...] generally accepted moral, social or cultural standards."

Yes, some sad twat chose #4.

And the ASA agreed with them.

Furthermore, the ASA decided to stick their oar in and add to the complaint by claiming that the ('explicit') premium rate numbers advertised alongside should have been presented on an encrypted channel. (They should perhaps take a look in the adverts sections of the aforementioned Red Tops.)

And the ASA, strangely enough, agreed with themselves on that 2nd point.

So, the punishment for mistakenly airing an advert before 7am in the morning that normally wouldn't be aired after 9pm?

The usual, with a rider: The ad must not be broadcast again in its current form, unless it is shown on encrypted elements of adult entertainment channels.

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