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291 weeks ago, by James
Marmite's advertising upsets idiots
Marmite's latest ad, in which Marmite jars were rescued, taken to a RSPCA like home and then rehoused with more loving families caused over 500 complaints to the ASA.

The ASA decided not to pursue the matter, saying that "They were unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence or to be irresponsible.”

Marmite said; "We believe we have created an unmistakably Marmite ad - people will either love it or hate it and they certainly won't forget it."

They also donated £18,000 to the RSPCA.
291 weeks ago, by Tim
I have seen this advert and cannot believe we such morons living in this country that would complain about an innovative piece of work. It made me smile when I saw it and the will only raise animal welfare awareness as well, which can only be a good thing.
291 weeks ago, by Jackie
I suspect there is a clue in the title of your rant that suggests what you think about the complaints!

*Just call me Eagle-Eyes.
291 weeks ago, by James
The ASA website makes interesting reading. They deal with a lot of cases every week:

Many of them only have one complainant, so there's a lot going on there.
291 weeks ago, by John
I see it as a little lazy and unimaginative from Marmite.

It's easy to create noise by playing with a subject that will touch a raw nerve for people with certain sensitivities but much cleverer to create an emotional attachment to the brand without upsetting people.
291 weeks ago, by James
Can there really be over 500 people who are that sensitive? When I first heard about it I thought it had been staged to get people talking about it, as we are now.
290 weeks ago, by John
Perhaps it's the first of a series of Marmite ads.

In their next ad they can portray the jar of Marmite as a rape victim, that should get people talking...

Yes I know I'm going a bit far with this analogy, the ads don't bother me personally - I'm just not sure it's wise to conflate the abuse and neglect of animals with a yeast based spread in the name of attracting attention.
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