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Madasafish Enfield Advert BANNED
By: MarkJ - 17 January, 2005 (9:27 AM)

Having seen the relatively harmless advert ourselves, we were surprised to learn that Madasafish's latest TV promotion for its broadband ADSL service has been banned for mocking Sir Winston Churchill:

Watchdog ban on Churchill ad “an affront to British sense of humour”

The madasafish TV advertisement banned for making fun of Sir Winston Churchill was not intended to cause offence, madasafish Chief Executive, David Laurie said today.

He described the ban, reported in today’s Mail on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph, as absurd and an affront to the British sense of humour.

The banned 30-second ad features Harry Enfield playing his loud-mouthed TV character Frank Doberman and shouting “Oi, Winston, No” at a bemused Churchill. Doberman rounds off by calling Churchill “You porky Prime Minister”.

We can't help but agree here, the advert itself being quite tame and all in good humour. Not since Peter Cook first mocked a certain political figure have we seen such an overblown response. What do you think? Unfair or fair?

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