Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Violent Times

For a Fistful of Dollars (left) and Shoot 'em Up (right)Advertising agencies need to learn that Britons' attitude to actors waving guns in movie posters has changed. Posters such as For a Fistful of Dollars used to be commonplace and nobody complained, but now that crime is out of control in the UK and the ghettos are full of teenagers armed with guns or knives, adverts that glorify violence are out of favour. Two posters for Shoot 'em Up have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following 55 complaints. Of course the posters aren't to blame for 24 teenagers having been murdered this year. We've raised a generation of psychopaths in the ghettos and allowed guns to be put into their hands. But violent posters on the streets don't help the situation by making violence seem the norm.


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