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ASA Adjudication on Manhattan Bar

Manhattan Bar

21 Trinity Street
Hanley
ST1 5LR

Date:

16 May 2012

Media:

Internet (social networking)

Sector:

Leisure

Number of complaints:

1

Complaint Ref:

A12-184758

Ad

An ad, for a club night, was viewed on Manhattan Bar's Facebook page on 18 January 2012 and was headlined "CAN YOU CUM TWICE ON A FRIDAY?".  The headline text was an off-white colour and the letters appeared to be formed from dripping liquid.  Text below stated "Whatever you buy b4 midnight we'll give you FREE when you come again".  The ad also included an image of a woman, whose facial expression was suggestive of sexual activity.

Issue

The complainant challenged whether the ad was likely to cause serious or widespread offence.

CAP Code (Edition 12)

Response

Manhattan Bar did not respond to the ASA's enquiries.

Assessment

Upheld

The ASA was concerned by Manhattan Bar's lack of response and apparent disregard for the Code, which was a breach of CAP Code (Edition 12) rule 1.7 (Unreasonable delay).  We reminded them of their responsibility to respond promptly to our enquiries and told them to do so in future.

We noted the ad included an image of a woman whose facial expression was suggestive of sexual activity as well as the text "CAN YOU CUM TWICE ON A FRIDAY?", which appeared in the form of an off-white dripping liquid and we considered was a clear sexual reference.  We considered the overall impression of the ad was likely to cause serious or widespread offence to visitors to Manhattan Bar's Facebook page and therefore concluded that it breached the Code.

The ad breached CAP Code (Edition 12) rule 4.1 (Harm and offence).

Action

The ad must not appear again in its current form.  We told Manhattan Bar to ensure their future advertising did not contain anything that was likely to cause serious or widespread offence.  We referred the matter to CAP's Compliance team.

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