Skip to comments.Dangerous TV Ad for Wrigleys chewing Gum Is Banned
Posted on 02/20/2018 10:34:05 PM PST by nickcarraway
Watchdogs upheld two complaints from viewers
A "dangerous" TV ad showing a woman chewing gum while playing football has been shown the red card.
Watchdogs upheld two complaints from viewers who feared the ad for Wrigley's Extra might encourage kids to carry out the "dangerous practice" of chewing gum while playing footie.
The ad, which was seen last September, was found to be in breach of rules regarding children plus harm and offence.
It was banned from being shown again, and Wrigley's - based in Devon - were warned not to show people chewing gum while playing sport in any future ads.
In the ad, a young woman stood in a football kit on a pitch preparing to take a penalty kick while chewing gum.
The shots were accompanied by a voice-over which stated: "The goalie has studied every one of your shots. She knows you're going for her left corner. She even teases you, calling the shot. But her legs are trembling, not yours. Time to shine. Extra."
But two complaints were received by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
One challenged whether the ad condoned or encouraged a dangerous practice while the other claimed the ad featured behaviour that could be dangerous for children to emulate.
Wrigley's said that, although the ad depicted a woman chewing gum preparing to take a penalty, they considered it was "acceptable" as it didn't depict her in "full motion" whilst chewing gum, and instead showed her stationary.
But, explaining the decision to uphold the complaints, a spokesman for the ASA said: "We noted the ad depicted a young woman on a football pitch in what appeared to be a five-a-side football game.
"We considered this was a common and recognisable setting that many viewers, including children, would be familiar with, and accordingly would be easy for them to emulate the scene depicted in the ad.
"We noted the ad was for chewing gum and placed a prominent focus on the woman chewing gum in the ad.
"Although she was depicted stationary, we considered it was clear that she was about to run and take a penalty kick, and suggested she had already been chewing gum during the game.
"We considered the voice-over, 'But her legs are trembling, not yours. Time to shine. Extra' condoned and encouraged chewing gum while playing sports.
"We understood there had been several reported incidents of people choking on gum whilst playing sports.
"We therefore considered that chewing gum whilst playing sports was an unsafe practice and one which could be dangerous for children to emulate.
"As such, because the ad condoned and encouraged chewing gum while playing sport, we concluded that the ad breached the Code."
He added: "The ad must not be shown again in its current form.
"We told The Wrigley Company Ltd not to show people chewing gum while playing sport in any future ads."
Is it okay to show them walking while they chew gum, like at the same time? Or is that now hazardous too?
I need my safe space.
And my blankie.
How about a Kid chewing Gum when she walks into a Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic?
I used to chew gum while I flew my Cherokee. Guess I shouldn’t have.
Why? Does it cause global warming?
I remember we were playing football in the back yards when we were kids and two boys collided, One went to the ground and had a serious problem but us dumb kids could not figure it out and the kid could not tell us. He had swallowed his gum and it was large enough to get stuck in his throat. Thank God a mother was watching and she ran outside, stuck her fingers down his throat, and pulled out the wad of gum. Saved his life.
...but if the pretty young thing was in “transition”, shaved her hair, a few tats and had a tampon hanging out of the corner of her mouth like a well chewed stogie it would be perfectly
Okaaayyy...sooooo, no more chewing gum for soldiers in combat!
It should be a felony offense to spit one’s gum on the ground........
I chewed gum flying Hueys in Vietnam. It prevented ear popping, was relaxing, & kept me from grinding my teeth when things got hot.
No gum chewing during sports!? How snowflaky can they get?
The first time I ever did CPR on someone, they had asphyxiated on chewing gum. She didn’t make it because we didn’t know until after she was dead.
Good thing an adult was there and ready to step in.
That must have been scary, to see him choking.
Oh, yeah, We were 6 or 7.
Oh, yeah, We were 6 or 7.
Is it OK to chew a tide pod then ?
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