Religious imagery hair commercial withdrawn
12 Mar 08

The Advertising Standards Agency has ordered a hair product commercial to be withdrawn as it risks causing ‘serious offence’ to Christians.

The advert, for ghd IV hairstyling equipment, features erotic images of women alongside text extracted from the Lord’s Prayer reading ‘ghd IV: Thy Will Be Done’. The ‘t’ in ‘Thy’ has also been designed to resemble a cross. Jemella, the agency responsible for the advert has defended it, saying it had long used the slogan ‘a religion for hair’, and that it was unlikely to cause widespread offence, but the ASA said they had gone too far. Twenty three people complained about the advert

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By Padraig Reidy

Padraig Reidy is the editor of Little Atoms and a columnist for Index on Censorship. He has also written for The Observer, The Guardian, and The Irish Times.