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    Default British Airways accused of "irresponsibly glamorizing" gambling in TV ad

    A spokeswoman for the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the regulator has received several complaints about a British Airways TV ad that features a couple winning money on slot machines.

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    The advert, for British Airways Holidays, shows a couple returning to their room via what appears to be a hotel casino after a dip in the swimming pool.

    “We had a bit of spare change so we put it in the slot machines … and won a couple of dollars. So we put it back in and the next thing we knew we’d won $493. Luckiest dip ever,” they said.

    Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader, said he had been “stunned” by the advert and would be discussing the matter urgently with cross-party colleagues. He said: “Utterly appalling. What were they thinking?”
    Matt Zarb-Cousin, of Fairer Gambling, who was at the centre of a successful campaign to restrict fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), criticised BA’s choice of theme for its advert.

    “If BA instead glorified pot smoking to promote a route to Amsterdam in adverts shown before the watershed, it would surely raise some eyebrows. There is very little difference here.”

    BA is expected to face calls to withdraw the advert.
    A British Airways Holidays spokesperson said: “This advert is one of a series which has been broadcast by us over the last three years, promoting a range of special memories that millions of British Airways Holidays’ customers experience when they travel with us every year.
    “The advert was cleared with the industry body, Clearcast, ensuring it is appropriate for broadcast.”
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    Anyone have a link to an upload of the advert? Curious to see it now.
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    Gambling commission is jealous that can not revoke any licence. It will be fun to watch ads: Come to Las Vegas and stare at the sand.
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    They should be fined for irresponsibly glamorising their own product and service. BA have become so awful in recent years.

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    Promotion of gambling games is a very broad term and it leads to some preposterous consequences (such as the conviction of a man who posted a photograph of himself with a roulette wheel on Facebook). Such things happen in EU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattbar View Post
    They should be fined for irresponsibly glamorising their own product and service. BA have become so awful in recent years.
    Lol. True this.

    They hired some Vueling guy, seems he thinks he still is at Vueling.

    Asa seems to be some therapy for people who are bored. What a nonsense this ruling. I suppose ads of travel agencies with the sun in it will be outlawed too, as the sun causes skin cancer. Etc.

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    Looks like they have had the video removed couldn't find it anywhere and the one article that had it the video had been removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triple7 View Post
    I suppose ads of travel agencies with the sun in it will be outlawed too, as the sun causes skin cancer. Etc.
    Yes, soon. Unlike in classic authoritarian regimes this step will be voluntary by self-regulated bodies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeHarris View Post
    Looks like they have had the video removed couldn't find it anywhere and the one article that had it the video had been removed.
    A wise move. Otherwise, some feeble-minded readers of The Guardian might have gone gambling after seeing the ad haha
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    As responsible countries, I understand and support the need to protect vulnerable citizens.

    However, it's getting to point where being a compus mentis adult (sound mind/sane), is a moot point. And instead, Governments are becoming Nanny States, telling the aforementioned adults what they can and can't do with their own money, time, and leisure activities etc.

    We can't wrap everyone in cotton wool. I feel if people don't start standing up against these absurdities, eventually we'll have no-free-will.
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    I saw it the other day and it made me want to go back Vegas.

    World is getting far too PC
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    Yeah I cannot find the video anywhere now? Anyone got a link?

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    Sorry, that is not the video of the commercial. Sounds more like a digital narrative.

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    I have got it in sky plus if anyone is that desperate to see it, I can record it on my phone and upload it somewhere. It's not that exciting though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokerface View Post
    Sorry, that is not the video of the commercial. Sounds more like a digital narrative.
    Seems, will post anything, even if it's garbage, to gain another post
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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieDave View Post
    Governments are becoming Nanny States, telling the aforementioned adults what they can and can't do with their own money, time, and leisure activities etc.
    Sounds like the words of a man who knows who Friedman and Sowell are. It's a sad truth, freedom is declining, in our industry as well. Do see it getting any better soon?
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