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Should These TV Ads Be Banned?

As the era of "brand marketing" draws to a close in the face of massive brand spam, ad agencies are getting increasingly aggressive. They want to "cut through the noise" with something edgy and exciting. Sometimes they push too far and come out with a commercial that's so off-the-wall it gets banned from the airways.

Most banned ads are banned because of they show too much skin. Such ads are so common (in more ways than one) that I'll not bother to feature them here. Instead, I've compiled a gallery of ten TV ads that were banned for other reasons, some of them rather obscure. I thought it would be interesting to see whether you -- educated professional sales pros -- believe these ads went over the line.

Check them out... and don't forget to vote.

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NUMBER 10
This one was apparently banned because the child is saying a mildly-offensive term...



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NUMBER 9
This advertisement takes on an entirely new meaning if you are, like myself, the parent of a toddler...



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NUMBER 8
Apparently showing children doing unsafe things is a big no-no, even if the situation is inherently absurd...



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NUMBER 7
Evidently this TV ad was simply deemed too scary for some markets...



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NUMBER 6
I have no idea why this was banned, except that perhaps it was just a little too gross...



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NUMBER 5
Another TV ad that was apparently deemed too scary for children...



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NUMBER 4
Haven't got a clue why they banned this one...



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NUMBER 3
This TV AD was banned in the 1970s, apparently for being too painfully obvious...



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NUMBER 2

This was apparently banned as the result of using somebody else's brand name...



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NUMBER 1

And finally, another ad showing behavior unsafe for kids, with an ending twist...


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