ASA approves Paddy Power telling Fifa chief Sepp Blatter to Fuck Off

Sepp Blatter at Fifa Congress Sydney in May 2008 by AsianFC

An advert that told Fifa kingpin Sepp Blatter to “just fuck off already” has been cleared of being offensive after some small-minded twerp complained that the ad could be “likely to cause serious or widespread offence.”

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which acts as a moral guardian for sensitive Britons, decided that Guardianistas could probably cope with seeing the expletive emblazoned across its sports pages in relation to Don Blatter, whose entirely legitimate sporting organisation recently suffered an entirely unjust corruption scandal. (Is this right? – Ed)

Central to the ruling was the Graun sports writers’ previously prolific use of potty-mouthed prose, as well as the fact that most of its readers are adults, and thus are capable of reading swearwords without instantly turning into barbarians and sailing off to Norway for a spot of rape and pillage.

“Because we did not consider the ad would be offensive to those who were likely to see it, we concluded that it was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence,” explained the censor, seemingly unaware how absurd it is that a piece of media can be banned merely for being offensive in Britain in 2015.

Readers of the Right Dishonourable who are offended by swears are dribbling halfwits who are advised to leave this page and never come back, whilst those with working brains can see the unoffending image below.

Sepp Blatter being told to fuck off, Paddy Power

Image Credit – Sepp Blatter at Fifa Congress Sydney in May 2008 by AsianFC

Podcast (Ep. 11): YouTube Advertising, Ashley Madison Hack & Amazon Being Allegedly Shit

Jazza’s back from Summer in the City and obviously had to talk about something YouTube. Are the new advertising rules from Committee of Advertising Practice (Cap) for vloggers on YouTube too strict? What do we think of the people who try to bypass these guidelines?

Jazza & Jimmy have their first on-air falling out. Is there anything wrong with using a dating website like Ashley Madison which encourages people to cheat on their partners? What are the consequences of the hack? Did the users have it coming?

And finally – though we all already knew this – according to the New York Times front page, Amazon has some shitty business practices. Jeff Bezos, the chief executive, disagrees, but how much of the blame is on us as consumers for ignoring the way they treat their blue-collar and white-collar workers?

Make sure you follow us on Twitter @rightdishonour and let us know what you think!

Image – Dan and Phil

Podcast (ep. 4): Are You Beach Body Ready Controversy, Third Runway at Heathrow and 4th July – What IS America for?

Beach Body Ready - Ellen Rose

We are joined in this week’s podcast by Ellen Rose (icklenellierose on YouTube and Twitter) who laughs and debates along with Jazza and Jimmy for 45 minutes.

We discuss #ThighGapGate, also known as the Protein World “Are You Beach Body Ready?” controversy, which has been officially declared inoffensive by the Advertising Standards Authority. What kind of message do these adverts send? Should an organisation be able to decide whether something is offensive or not? Or is this just good advertising?

Meanwhile the Davies Commission has come down firmly in favour of the third runway at Heathrow Airport, leaving Gatwick and the dream of a new Thames Estuary Airport out in the cold. But after David Cameron (#DavCam) has said he would categorically not back a third runway at Heathrow, where do the Conservatives go from here?

Finally, we recorded this on the 4th July, Independence Day and the US’s national celebration of getting rid of the monarchy (though they seem rather obsessed with Kate and Wills’ breeding patterns at the moment). We talk about America’s role in the world and who are our favourite picks for the US presidential elections in 2016.

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Header Image – Beach Body Ready ad by Protein World, photographed by Ellen Rose