Sexy VIP e-cigarette advert garners 147 complaints [Video]

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Short 21-second ad viewable at Mirror Online See uncut version, below


VIP E-cigs screen capture

“I want to taste it”

Some of the ads that get past censors in Scandinavia and Australia wouldn’t even make YouTube. So when you see mass hysteria for only slightly taboo ads shown on UK TV, you realise exactly why the rest of the world see Brits as prudish.

What makes the complaints about the latest VIP e-cigs advert hard to swallow is that it was shown after the watershed.

What would have happened if the full, uncut version had been shown in the break of “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Outta Here”?:

So, UK TV audience: what are you objecting to, exactly?

By VIP’s own admission on YouTube, the uncut version (above) wouldn’t have made it past UK censorship. Even then, there’s nothing overtly sexual in the commercial.

True, the actress is all aquiver as if she’s about to have an organism when she states that she wants to put it in her mouth. But surely any innuendo inferred is in the mind of the audience?

  • Is the actress stark naked? No!
  • Is there a man in the clip with her? No!
  • Is there any reference to any tangible object she’s saying she’d like to taste (actually in the ad only, not the uncut version)? Erm, No!

It’s good to see VIP sticking by its guns. Miguel Corral, one of the joint owners of the e-cigarette manufacturers, told the Bolton News:

“Due to advertising regulations we were not permitted to include the product in the ad, so we decided to take a tongue-in-cheek approach to appeal to an adult audience.”

What next? Are the Herbal Essences ads going to be pulled?

If you ask me, the Herbal Essences long-running ad campaign is guilty of exactly the same tactics. There’s an actress (with a lot less clothes on than the VIP e-cigarette actress in her LBD, one hastens to add) washing her hair against the backdrop of a jungle waterfall.

Innocent enough, you say. But she’s been uttering the infamous “Yes, yes!” as she gets herself in a lather for years. And those ads are shown at all times.

Let’s hope Ofcom (I didn’t know the ITC had ceased to exist – 10 years ago. Wow!) don’t react with a knee-jerk ruling.

I like e-cigarettes

I have to admit, after trying patches and gum I thought “vaping” was going to be another let-down. How shocked was I when offered a blast at a party this summer?

Admittedly, they do taste better after six or seven pints of Thatcher’s Gold Cider. But, rather than go outside for a ciggy as the breeze takes on a decidedly wintry edge, a vape as I key away on my word-processor is a very happy compromise between me and my good lady wife.

That’s not to mention the other benefits I’ve found from smoking electronically:

  • a lack of tar clogging my lungs, easing my chest;
  • no toxic fumes flooding the house, tainting my aura and staining the ceiling;
  • the cost, compared to smoking 20 normal ciggies a day.

As you’ll probably guess from the comments above, my better half is very keen on me giving up smoking. After seeing my eyes light up upon trying one of my buddy’s E-lites, she went out and bought me the executive pack.

E-lites Executive Starter Pack

E-lites aren’t the cheapest, but they do tend to be the most widely available. There are many cheaper versions available online in all sorts of styles, with or without nicotine and in more flavours than you can shake a soggy stick (or cigarette butt) at.

The problem most people have is putting faith in brands they don’t know. Especially when they’re going to be inhaling who knows what directly into their lungs.

What I do now, for choice, trust and price, is get mine from Amazon. The vendors there have a very good reason for providing quality products. Why? Because of the very public review system.

As of mid-December 2013, there are almost 1,000 e-cigarettes and starter kits (on the Personal Health section alone. Spoilt for choice, I know.

Okay, it’s not giving up. But it’s a start. And I might just make a video of me partaking in an e-lite after sexual intercourse and post that on YouTube. See what the miserable sods make of that.

In fact, I could even film the graphic bit, as a prelude. Got to fill the rest of the 30 seconds with something, right? ☺


Shopper caught masturbating in Sainsbury’s meat aisle banned from every supermarket in UK

Oi, Grandad! Come here! Shit, too late…

I’ve heard some wanky wacky stories in my time, but Eugenio Freitas’ escapade in Sainsbury’s takes playing with your meat and two veg a tad(pole) too far.

The guy had already been copped exposing himself in supermarkets in 2010. Now it appears a 10-minute frame of pocket billiards caught on CCTV last summer concluded with the grandfather pocketing the pink before being confronted by red-faced staff in the Newcastle-Under-Lyme store.

Mr Freitas had ‘fully intended’ to go shopping on July 8 but became overwhelmed by his ‘excessive sexual drive’.

The guy’s obviously got a problem with his meat. Not only has he been banned from every supermarket in the land, but I also suspect that abattoirs and slaughter houses in Staffordshire will be on the look-out for would-be employees looking to give more than their 110%.

Wonder if he’s related to Hannibal Lecter…?

Beer bullies blamed for Marijuana ad being pulled from NASCAR

Marijuana ad pulled from jumbotron at NASCAR Brickyard 400

An advertisement that said marijuana was less harmful than alcohol was pulled off a jumbotron outside the NASCAR Brickyard 400 in Indiana on Friday.

The Marijuana Policy Project said in a news release that Grazie Media, the company that owns the huge billboard, had condoned the running of the ad…

Continue Reading at Raw Story…

US Poverty Spread over 20 years – look familiar?

Poverty Sprawl Gif - US Poverty

Two Decades of US Poverty

This shocking gif courtesy of is from The Atlantic Cities publication and shows the amazing spread of poverty over the last 20 years in and around New York.

You can see Newark airport (just about) on the left, through the centre of the map to Jersey City and finally across to New York. Each dot represents 20 people and, as you can see, the dots are getting more compact as we reach the present date.

Colour coded for convenience, the ethnicity is as follows:

  • pale blue = white/Caucasian
  • golden-yellow = black
  • green = Hispanic
  • red = Asian/Pacific

And, no, I’m not going to jest about where the red dot on an Asian’s head comes from for fear of getting lynched, not that savvy Indians need council houses these days, anyway.

It’s a real indictment on the US economy that so many more people nowadays live below the poverty line. But if you look at many other conurbations across the ‘civilised’ world, I bet there would be a similar pattern.

From The Smoke to Stoke – heck, it’s no joke

At least there aren’t moves to ship indigenous inhabitants from The Big Apple up to Ontario. Lost me?

Check out this article in The Guardian from February, 2013.

London families, 761 of them from Camden (they were not alone), were threatened with being shipped 200 miles up the M6 to Stoke when Welfare Reform kicks in proper.

Why? Because the cap on their benefit no longer avails them of the minimum affordable rent in The Smoke, so they’ve got to up sticks and go live somewhere more affordable.

One thing’s for certain: the gap between those who have and those who have not is only going to get wider over coming years, no matter which side of The Pond you happen to live.

This was indemnified further this week; last week, the UK Government told Civil Servants they’re no longer automatically entitled to an inflation-matching pay rise from now on. Conversely, MPs informed us this week that they’d voted to give themselves a £10,000 per year pay rise.

There’ll be a riot bigger than last summer’s before this lot passes, you mark my words.