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The 5 Most Complained About Ads of 2018 so Far

Published 1 Aug, 2018 
Business Fuel

TV commercials. You either love them, or really hate them. Either way, some businesses use inappropriate TV spots to pry your attention away from your mobiles and other distractions. Not surprisingly, these commercials often come under fire from people who think they go just that little too far. Which makes interesting viewing for us.

So, without further ado, here’s our latest blog on the 5 most complained about ads of 2018 so far.

1. Sportsbet ‘Manscaping’

You’ve probably seen it. In fact, it was pretty hard to miss. The spot features a man in the bathroom ‘manscaping’ before he’s interrupted by the Voice Over. Upon receiving 793 complaints, this spot was eventually banned for not treating the issue of nudity or sex with sensitivity.

2. iSelect ‘Piñata’

This one managed to receive 715 complaints (making this and the Manscaping ads the most complained about spots in the history of Ad Standards!). In it, a woman is seen beating an Easter Bunny shaped piñata. It was banned for showing extreme anger and violence.

3. Ultra Tune – Mike Tyson

Coming in third place was the horrible Mike Tyson Ultra Tune ad. You can imagine why it received so many complaints, however, the spot was oddly enough not banned.

4. Youfoodz – Doing it.

Youfoodz, the fresh food delivery company, had the fourth most complained about ad. The spot contained numerous couples discussing how they simply cannot stop ‘doing it’. Despite the terrible idea, writing, and 49 complaints, its case was dismissed.

5. KFC – Naked wrestling

Finally, this doozie from KFC. In it, we see a teacher holding up a drawing their child completed that depicts them ‘naked wrestling’. They then, strangely, suggest going to KFC. Odd. However, 46 complaints couldn’t get it dismissed and it was free to run.

TV commercials, however, still remain an effective communication tool when done the right way. As a small business owner, you probably don’t have the time to make your own.

That said, with a business loan from us you could employ a local advertising agency to get your business on the big screen.

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