A new year, a new banned advertisement in Britain. The Advertising Standards Authority has had this Clean & Clear commercial removed after two viewers complained about the before-and-after photos. In the "before" shots, the women are wearing only eye makeup; in the "after" pictures, they're wearing powder. It's pretty easy to tell, too:
"We considered that, in order to make the before and after comparison fair, both shots should have been taken under the same conditions (both without makeup) to ensure that any visible improvement was an accurate representation of what could be achieved with the product," the ASA stated. It's pretty amazing to think that two complaints could lead to an entire ad being knocked off the airwaves — and I, for one, am all for transparency in advertising. Things are so different on the other side of the pond, aren't they?