Naked advert ‘crosses boundary’

Herald on Sunday Jul 3, 2011 

The provocative creators of 42 Below vodka have done it again with their new skincare range: they’ve sparked formal complaints with an in-your-face billboard of a naked woman mounted on a white horse. The vodka company was ticked off by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after an advertisement that depicted Maori trading vodka for blankets and muskets.

…Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said the billboard, on Auckland’s Fanshawe St, was unacceptable as it could be seen by children. “There is a sexually provocative undertone to it, I think, that is what makes it cross the border and the boundary of public decency. “The fact of the matter is they [children] are being forced to be more open to it … Should we be protecting their moral innocence, does it matter if we sexualise everything? What harm is that doing?” McCoskrie called for a vetting system that would give families a voice, and stronger community and family representation. But ASA chief executive Hilary Souter said: “I think the complaints process is robust … we uphold half of the complaints that go to the board and as soon as a complaint is upheld they are withdrawn.”