You're Not Alone, Dakota Fanning! Five Other Banned Celebrity Ads

Controversy is nothing new when it comes to questionable promotional content

By Peter Gicas Nov 10, 2011 5:02 PMTags
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In light of the ban placed on Dakota Fanning's recent provocative ad for Marc Jacobs' latest fragrance, Oh, Lola!, it got us thinking about several other famous faces who have felt the wrath of raised eyebrows when it comes to some of the work they've done.

Here now are five other ads deemed too sexy, violent, or simply misleading...

1. A commercial for Beyoncé's fragrance Heat proved to be too hot for some in the U.K. who thought kids should not be exposed to the sight of the scantily clad songstress slinking around in a revealing red dress during their daytime TV viewing.

"Beyoncé's body movements and the camera's prolonged focus on shots of her dress slipping away to partially expose her breasts created a sexually provocative ad that was unsuitable to be seen by young children," stated the Advertising Standards Authority.

As a result, the ad was subsequently shown only in the evenings.

2. Sometimes being too pretty of a woman can be a bad thing.

Both Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington found their makeup ads—for Lancôme and Maybelline, respectively—banned in Britain due to concerns that the beauty being projected was a bit misleading. The Advertising Standards Authority agreed with complaints that the images were overly airbrushed, otherwise manipulated, and "not representative of the results the product could achieve."

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3. The folks over at U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority pointed their finger at Angelina Jolie for, well, pointing more than a finger.

The media watchdog group did not take too kindly to ads for the star's gun-toting flick Wanted.

"We acknowledge most viewers would understand the posters reflected the content of an action film," the ASA said in a statement. "However, we considered that because the ads featured a glamorous actress, action poses, several images of, or related to guns and aspirational text, they could be seen to glamorize the use of guns and violence."

4. It's not always Britain, though, that sometimes has an issue with questionable content.

A steamy spot for Calvin Klein's Secret Obsession perfume that featured Eva Mendes letting a little nipple slip through while writhing around topless on a bed was nixed from American airwaves.


5. Venice was definitely not alright with Kids Are Alright star Julianne Moore's Bulgari billboard.

The mayor of the Italian city felt the image of the actress sitting in her birthday suit with a couple of cubs was "not appropriate for St. Mark's Square."

The ad was quickly replaced with a less racy one of a fully clothed Moore modeling Bulgari jewels instead of promoting the fashion house's bag line.