Violence is funny, and people who disapprove of it should be hanged

Here are two examples of adverts featuring comedy violence – a joke Glasgow hardman (in a bird costume) making silly threats, and a girl slapping a bloke for using sleazy lines on her.

Both adverts attracted a few complants – but worryingly, not just from the usual mad busybodies who feel the need to land someone else in trouble every time they see a pair of tits or hear someone saying “fuck”. The first advert was complained about by the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit of Strathclyde Police and the Clinical Director of Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s A&E department. “Stop writing timewasting letters, and go catch some criminals and sew some people up” would seem to be an appropriate response…

The Advertising Standards Agency rejected all complaints on both adverts, wisely reflecting the fact that both Glasgow hardmen and female-on-male domestic violence are broadly funny rather than serious (if you’re a male who is in or has survived a physically abusive relationship reading this, then hahahahaha). But I’m still disturbed that serious public service professionals think this is an appropriate way to behave.

2 thoughts on “Violence is funny, and people who disapprove of it should be hanged

  1. Larry Teabag says:

    Full marks to the astute folk at the BACC:

    The Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre (BACC) believed that a man dressed in a cuckoo costume was clearly a ridiculous figure…

  2. RA says:

    I agree.. though advertising is evil either way…

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