The screen is just not enough

Some ads are offensive, some ads are shocking, and some ads are gross.  Though as we move on to the different levels of desensitisation in our society, advertising agencies have to go further and further into the sick sad areas of their brains to keep us interested.

The best news about this is that this brings the crazy complainers out of the woodwork. My favourite bit about this, is that for some reason these people are fond of punctuation and caps lock – yet seem to be allergic to spell check.

Today’s complaint comes from the Advertising Standards Bureau, who is keeping their complainant anonymous after dismissing their case regarding this ad:

Which to be honest, I think is gross but very clever. However (let’s call them ‘discusted in WA’) not only doesn’t like it, but seems to gradually lose control of their emotions and then ends it composed, yet misspelled:

It’s unnecesary to be so graphic. It’s totally discusting, nauseating and offensive.
This ad makes me and my family and i’m sure many other people fisically sick, the first time i saw it i was eating dinner and couldn’t eat anymore. Everytime it comes on we switch the channel.
Do you think it’s good to have a child sneeze in your face as you are just sitting down to dinner? I have never seen anything so disgusting.
It is not necessary to show such a REVOLTING and DISCUSTING thing on TV to advertize the fact that people need to have the flu vaccine. Who in their right minds wants to see runny green mucus running down a pain of glass ??? Especially when it is dinner time ?

It is repulsive to watch with phlem on the screen.

Well, ‘discusted in WA’ – no one in their right mind wants to see runny green mucus running down a pane of glass, but something tells me that’s the point.

Who wants to see crash victims sprawled on the road, a brain getting cut in half or especially bright lights and colours on your screen at 1am with a crazy man screaming “COME IN FOR ONE DAY ONLY!!!!!! ONE DAY ONLY!!!! CRAAAAAZY PRICES!!”

The answer is no one. So the plan of action is to maybe find something else to do while you’re eating dinner, like, say… speaking with your family. Then to the serious business of putting a current version of Word with spell check on your Christmas list this year and removing your shift key. Good luck with that.


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A pizza, a welshman and a telephone

If you haven’t seen this video yet, this is one of the best complaints I’ve ever heard. I’d rather post original content, but I just couldn’t pass this one by. Enjoy…


Filed under Food/Beverage

The Inaugural Complaint

Hello everyone and welcome to Pen Wars. I’d like to start us off with a personal complaint, which in a way was the catalyst for this blog. If I may, I’ll employ some theatre of the mind to get you in the groove:

A lonely, wet, umbrella-less night

A lonely, wet, umbrella-less night

It’s a cold, dark night at a mostly damp Sydney bus stop. A girl sits uncomfortably, perched on the edge of the saturated bench shivering and smouldering all at once.

It has been a 50 minute wait for the bus so far and it’s growing late after the long 9 hour working day. Money’s short as pay day is tomorrow.

The bus is timetabled to come every 20 minutes, and yet only one passes without stopping – overladen with stumbling passengers. Angrily, the girl sticks out her hand to flag a taxi and with her other, impulsively searches in her bag for her iphone.

She furiously writes the following complaint (after the cut) Continue reading


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