Jolies Wanted ad banned for glamorising violence

March 18th, 2009 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI  

Angelina Jolie

London, Mar 18 (ANI): A television advert for the Angelina Jolie action film Wanted has been banned after the industry watchdog ruled it glamorises violence.

The ad showed Jolie kissing co-star James McAvoy during a high-speed car chase, and both firing guns towards the viewer, reports Sky News.

The advert quoted press reviews of the film describing the actress performance as “blazingly sexy” and has a voice-over describing Wanted as the coolest movie of the year.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled the advert gave the overall impression “that using guns was sexy and glamorous” and breached the code for television.

The advert for the DVD release of Wanted had been restricted from being shown at times when young children were likely to be watching but the ASA concluded that was “insufficient”.

Universal Pictures was told the advert must not be broadcast again in its current form.

But the studio hit back and said some people did not like to see a woman in a strong lead role.

Universal told the ASA the advert reflected that the 18 certificate film and was based on a comic book.

The ASA received just one complaint about the advert. (ANI)

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