UK Nanny State Gets Ridiculous

Friday, March 20th, 2009

They’re pulling ads for the Angelina Jolie movie Wanted, because the ads “”could be seen to condone violence by glorifying or glamorizing the use of guns.”

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15 Responses to “UK Nanny State Gets Ridiculous”

  1. #1 |  Kieffer | 

    A body with no regulatory authority issues a decision with no binding power on an advertisement that the advertiser is, in all likelihood, finished airing. Bold action, that.

    Sounds to me like a bunch of bureaucratic pipsqueaks are trying to increase the perception of their power by issuing a decision that no party is likely to expend resources challenging, which will then look as if it had some impact.

  2. #2 |  Marty | 

    shouldn’t it read “UK Nanny State Continues to be Ridiculous”?

  3. #3 |  Mattocracy | 

    Contemporary England is the America of the future.

  4. #4 |  Joel | 

    “”could be seen to condone violence by glorifying or glamorizing the use of guns.”

    But they don’t mind the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan???

  5. #5 |  nobahdi | 

    They should pull the ads because the movie wasn’t that great.

  6. #6 |  todd | 

    They should pull the ads because the movie wasn’t that great

    Wantede was a pretty good action flick. It is not meant for the ‘Academy’ it is to have a good night at the movies.
    Btw the way F the Great Britian Nanny state.

  7. #7 |  nemo | 

    Many years ago, during the Manley Administration in Jamaica, they edited out scenes from US TV shows that portrayed violence committed with guns. Guess the UK is heading that way, eventually.

  8. #8 |  Jay | 

    It’s a good thing they don’t have the Internet over there, or else their citizens would be able to see the trailers as originally intended. Thankfully, since they can’t own guns legally there probably isn’t any gun crime anyway. *sigh*

  9. #9 |  MacGregory | 

    #8 Jay
    LOL, Good point. I suppose they don’t have access to videos of U.S. Police Officers shooting citizens on subway platforms either.

  10. #10 |  mattt | 

    That whole movie should be banned, for crimes against physics.

    Not to menton Angelina’s (suspected) outlaw Brazilian.

  11. #11 |  mattt | 

    I refer, of course, to her undocumented salsa instructor.

  12. #12 |  joev | 

    it’s an independent agency radley, not the gummint. the most they can do is refer over to a gummint agency that might or might not take any action.

    not sure how this plays into the nanny state thing–to be certain, i was expecting an MP hauling beeb execs before a tribunal based on the title of the feed.

  13. #13 |  joev | 

    edited to add: it’s rather like those food nazis, the center for science in the public interest calling for a ban on oreos and saying america is becoming a nanny state because of some crackpots.

  14. #14 |  Steve Verdon | 

    I’m torn between laughing at Angelina Jolie for being hoisted on her own petard and being angry at the stupidity of the situation. Oh what the f*ck I’ll do both.

  15. #15 |  MikeL | 

    ”could be seen to condone violence by glorifying or glamorizing the use of guns.”

    Kipling must be rolling in his grave.

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