Next They'll Be Telling Us Men Don't Marry And Live Happily Ever After With Street Hookers
A Cridster comment reminded me again to blog this, the Brits' dipshitted ban against a L'Oreal ad campaign featuring Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington on account of how they were biting the heads off puppies in the photographs.
Oh, wait -- it was just that the images were overly airbrushed, per a complaint by Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson.
Airbrushed? Wow. Really? Who woulda thunk it?
Mark Sweney writes for The Guardian:
Swinson, who has waged a long-running campaign against "overly perfected and unrealistic images" of women in adverts, lodged complaints with the Advertising Standards Authority about the magazine campaigns for L'Oréal-owned brands Lancôme and Maybelline. The ASA ruled that both ads breached the advertising standards code for exaggeration and being misleading and banned them from future publication.
"Overly perfected and unrealistic images" of women?
Doesn't that describe most people who make it as movie stars? What's next, forcing Hollywood's hotties out of work and forcing studios to hire The Women of Walmart or at least ordinary housewives to play "ordinary housewives" in the movies?
Thanks, but when I open a magazine or turn on the TV, I like to see beauty. And I think in the age of the Internet, we're all sophisticated enough to understand that Julia Roberts is over 40 and sometimes has a pimple.
"This ban sends a powerful message to advertisers - let's get back to reality."
I would say the message it's sending is that women are stupid cows who can't figure out that people in ads really don't look like that. Which is a legitimate complaint if the women are Hadza tribespeople.