AA ad banned in UK.

Via elephant journal
on Sep 6, 2009
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What’s  wrong with this ad? Okay, it’s sexual, clearly, and the model looks a bit on the young side…but is it right, in a democracy, to ban things just because we don’t like them?

The ad appeared in VICE magazine, where it paled in comparison to the editorial content. 😉

uk ad aa banned

To read the background story (strange it was banned in Europe, which is usually more relaxed that America is when it comes to sex, just look at their magazines) and see the ad full-size, click the ad above and go to Adland.


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11 Responses to “AA ad banned in UK.”

  1. The irony is that the ad is now being distributed around the world … for free. "Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine." – Obi-Wan

  2. Lots more comments on Facebook, wish folks would bother to post over here more often so that our readers can see their two cents, and comment back.

  3. In response to the question 'is it right in a democracy to ban things just because we don't like them?':

    The answer is a resounding YES! Of course! This is the entire basis of a democracy where government is supposed to represent the will of the people.

    It's not about whether or not you or I like it – it's about whether or not the population of the UK likes it.

    It's ironic, however, given the UK's history of Page Three Models http://ow.ly/ohPP

  4. ndsmith says:

    Cameron, I've got to completely disagree. The only democracy that I would accept is a "liberal democracy", i.e., one that guarantees the protection of individual liberties. Any other form of democracy would give way to mob rule, governed by demagoguery. In such a state, I would feel very threatened by the "majority" who could "choose" to, say, shut me up, throw me out, or even kill me. Not a pretty picture if you ask me!

    A plurality of Texans (over40%) think Barack Obama is not a citizen of the US! I thank my lucky stars every day that I have civil rights and am not subject to the whims of the majority.

  5. helen says:

    Elephant, you seem very fond of posting this kind of thing, youre sailing quite close to the wind, a little fascinated it seems…

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