Brits don't like Angelina Jolie's Wanted ad
If you think Americans are repressed by our Puritanical heritage, consider Britain: Their advertising watchdog just demanded that a TV commercial for the DVD release of Angelina Jolie's Wanted mustn't be shown because it glamorizes gun violence. Well, no doy; every movie made in America does that.
The Advertising Standards Authority says the Universal Pictures shootfest breached ad codes, the AP reports, mostly because of lots of bullets and Angie's bare back (watch it above). The commercial "could be seen to condone violence by glorifying or glamorizing the use of guns." The real killer here? The DVD was released way back in October. Nice to see the group has the pulse of pop culture, wot?
The authority has no means to enforce the ruling, but they can refer advertisers to the Office of Fair Trading for legal action. Britain had all of 59 gun-related homicides in 2006-07, while the U.S. had more than 10,000 in 2007 alone. But isn't this the country who had the 13-year-old (Alfie Patten) who fathered a baby with a 15-year-old? Sounds like they need to quit hating on Jolie for moving to France.