Tuesday, 18 January 2011

London Underground: Advertising & Morality

"...What's more, moral judgments are inherent in TfL's advertising policy code. This has been used, either by TfL itself or its contractor CBS Outdoor, to reject or demand changes to a small number of advertisements in recent years.
"These include artwork for posters promoting a party at the O2 and the band Massive Attack, which had to be amended because elements of them resembled street art or graffiti. CBS Outdoor rejected a 16th century nude depiction of the goddess Venus used to advertise an exhibition at the Royal Society of Art, only to be over-ruled by TfL a few days later. A Gay Times poster marking the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality enjoyed no such reprieve: it was deemed to infringe the clause governing nudity and sexual depictions. Then there was the ticklish case of Nip/Tuck and the disappearing suspenders..."

The Guardian's Dave Hill blogs about London Underground's stance on acceptable ads - LU has done a deal with "legalised loan sharks" Wonga.com

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