Who doesn't love a cheeky swear word on a plate?
Who doesn't love a naughty birthday card?
Or showing the world how you really feel with a piece of rude jewellery?
This UNT mug (with a C handle) from Firebos has however caused quite a storm today with the advertising standards agency. The ASA recieved one single complaint, after someone saw it on the front page of the Firebox website. The ASA considered the sales listing an 'ad' and therefore subject to advertising guidelines.
The ASA ruled that offensive material need prominent warnings to potential viewers.
What does this mean for other online companies who sell us objects with rude items on? They couldn't advertise these items in print, or on billboards, are website home pages any different? Should they be tucked behind adult warnings and age-restrictions?