Ads that offend

Britain, bless its heart, has a watchdog agency to prevent TV commercials from offending its people.

This week the Advertising Standards Authority released its list of all-time horrible TV commercials based on the number of complaints received.

Here’s your winner:

Most of the complaints to the ASA were based on the assertion that the ad would encourage bad manners among children, a factoid which pretty well sums up how Britain and the U.S. are different.

The 2005 ad, however, was allowed to stay on the air, thus contributing to a generation of ill-mannered children with adorable accents.

The third-most-complained-about ad was this one.

But that one stayed on the air too. There’s no indication that Britain’s children are now talking with their mouths full of kittens.

Here’s the full list.

  • David G

    To be fair, there are an awful lot of European ads that would never be aired in the USA.

  • Jim Shapiro

    I really love the ads that use black families eating fast food to promote the benefits of obesity and diabetes.