The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK’s ad watchdog which usually manages to deal sensibly with barmy complaints, has made itself look silly by banning a Virgin Holidays poster called ‘rockstar’ showing four skinny troubadours in a jacuzzi filled with champagne after receiving just one complaint.
The ASA says the ad promoted a “casual” attitude to drinking (one of the rockstars has a glass in each hand, as they do) and would be seen by impressionable youngsters, which it would.
Virgin Holidays, somewhat aggrieved, says the ad is just supposed to show that it can deal with the most outlandish request from its customers.
It could have added that it’s a joke. Maybe they’re banned now too.