December 11th, 2003

breaking bad

The grim and the gratuitous

Some controversial adverts for the children's charity Barnardo's have been banned (*). You can see two of the ads here. Warning: you may find these images upsetting. I did when they were in the Guardian.

Metafilter has a comment thread on this decision, with links to the Advertising Standards Authority decision. A good post here from an advertising executive on the temptation to go over the top.

(*) Note: the ASA enforces a voluntary code of practice, this is not a legal ban.
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