KFC ad pulled after bum note

Photo: NZ Herald
Photo: NZ Herald

Fast food giant KFC has been forced to pull a television commercial after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received eight complaints that it featured sexual harassment and humiliation.

The advertisement for KFC's Zinger Burger shows a man changing clothes on the side of the road while a woman holds up a towel for his privacy, until a passing car approaches, and the woman deliberately drops the towel.

Among the complaints, one viewer wrote that the advert features a scene of "sexual harassment and humiliation" and that the woman's actions are "seemingly portrayed as funny and socially acceptable" by the advertiser.

In response, Restaurant Brands, which operates KFC in New Zealand and Australia, said the advertisement was intended to be a light-hearted situation between a group of friends.

"We apologise if the ad unintentionally breached rule 1 (c) of the advertising standards code. There was absolutely no intention to portray anyone being exploited or degraded."

Restaurant Brands confirmed they have removed the ad from all channels and it will not be played again.

The ASA took no further action against the advertiser, acknowledging Restaurant Brands' co-operative engagement with the process and its self-regulatory action in removing the ad.

 

 

 

Comments

Dear oh dear!....What a sad, politically correct, little country we have become. Someone, somewhere is always waiting to be offended.

Quite right. I bet the complainers were men, too. This is female humour at the expense of men.

Despite being terribly PC now it would seem...the guy was dumb enough to be on the side of the car exposed to oncoming traffic...and his mates should have been in the car and gone with clothes and towel, as would have happened in my day. 8-)

 

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