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Date Posted: 17:35:16 11/27/02 Wed
In reply to: Sad Mr. Kangaroo 's message, "And then, Mister Moose, Mister Green Jeans, and the Dancing Bear after a deep discussion with themselves, all thought they could say anything they wanted, because it was free speech." on 16:15:55 11/27/02 Wed

Entertainment News

TV Ad Banned for Poking Fun at Bush


Associated Press

LONDON A British advertising watchdog said Wednesday it was banning a
commercial for an animated comedy series because it pokes fun at President

The Broadcast Advertising Clearance Center said the ad, which depicts a cartoon
Bush inserting a DVD into a toaster, could only be shown if the makers sought the
president's permission first.

The commercial promotes a video and DVD of highlights from "2DTV," an
animated series that mocks celebrities and politicians.

The BACC monitors compliance with rules governing advertising on British
television. One of the guidelines says living people should not be caricatured or
referred to in advertisements without their permission.

"People are entitled not to be exploited for someone else's commercial gain," said
the watchdog's director, Uisdean Maclean.

The Independent Television Commission has the power to fine broadcasters who
violate the watchdog's rulings.

The producer of "2DTV," Giles Pilbrow, said requiring satirists to seek permission
from their targets was "an idiotic request" that would mean asking Osama bin
Laden or Saddam Hussein if it was all right to caricature them.

"I doubt we could get Bin Laden's permission he's a bit tricky to track down at
the moment," he said.

The offending ad shows Bush opening a copy of the video and saying, "My favorite
just pop it in the video player."

He then sticks it into a toaster and burns it.

The regulator also nixed a "2DTV" ad featuring Manchester United soccer star
David Beckham and his Spice Girl wife Victoria, in which the athlete is seen
making out his Christmas list, asking: "Victoria, how do you spell DVD?"

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