Ann Summers, the high street store famous for it's sex toys, lingerie and parties, is a shop that has attracted more than it's fair share of controversy and this, combined with it's overt sexiness, makes it highly suitable for this blog.
My faves include:
- A Halloween ad being banned due to "fairly overt sexual references in terms of sound effects".
- One ad being banned for including a nursery rhyme, as it would apparently attract children to the brand. (Oh come on, as if most kids aren't hardcore porn users by the age of 12 anyway, it's banning sex that gets them interested if you ask me.)
- In 2006, Muslim groups complained about the release of a blow up doll named Mustafa Shag, claiming that the doll was offensive to Muslims as Mustafa was one of the names given to the Prophet Mohamed. (Fair enough).
Here's the full article about the blow up doll: