ASA bans racy Sexpo poster

2011-02-16 22:39

Durban - A racy poster used to advertise the Cape Town Sexpo in November last year will never be used again, the ASA said on Wednesday.

“The advertiser undertook to never use this advertisement again,” said Leon Grobler of the Advertising Standards Authority.

The complaint was lodged with the ASA by eight people after posters depicting the upper body of a woman showing her breasts were erected in Cape Town.

Those who lodged the complained argued that the advert depicted women as mere sexual objects and it was demeaning to women in general.

ChristianView Network director, Philip Rosenthal said the ruling meant public places would be protected from pornography.

“It is a significant step to protect of women and children from the sexploitation industry promoted by the Sexpo," he said.

Grobler thanked all those who submitted complaints to the ASA.

“ChristianView Network campaigned against this Sexpo advert last year, as it has done with similar public pornography in the past and will continue to fight against anything similar in future.”

  • rammstein.f4n - 2011-02-16 23:09

    They should rather sort out the massive amount of pedophilia cases committed by their catholic brethren.

  • ds - 2011-02-17 01:20

    Actually they are the opposite to what you declare - they do not consider self as "righteous" but in need of redemption, unlike the bitter haters of them

  • Fossiel - 2011-02-17 06:26

    Chauvinists hiding behind anti-religion to justify themselves. Really not what I would like my kids to see in public. I have been finding the Sexpo posters generally as demeaning to women.

  • david.kirkness - 2011-02-17 07:39

    of course "it will never be used used again" - because it can't be. it was last year. gosh, who (didn't) sub this article ?

  • Picasso - 2011-02-17 07:52

    Probably the people complaining have droopy, hanging boobs or their wifes got.

      Sythe - 2011-02-17 09:00


      Picasso - 2011-02-17 09:41

      Ag sorry Sythe, wives.

  • kingoftomorr - 2011-02-17 07:58

    Mean while the church just loves sex and lil boy

  • sessisie - 2011-02-17 07:59

    ASA? Advertising Standards Authority? Athletics South Africa?

      fullmoon1 - 2011-02-17 08:28

      I think they share an office...??

  • Sonja - 2011-02-17 08:19

    How will you like it, if one of the may perverts / pedophiles / pshycos out there drive past one of these posters, see the half naked women and get all aroused, find the next easy to abduct woman or child (perhaps yours) and does some to them what we read every other day here on News24?? Would you then still think it's cool to have these posters around??

      Sonja - 2011-02-17 08:20

      many, not may

      John - 2011-02-17 08:43

      No darling, I get arroused everytime I see a handsome man walking past me then I get the urge to grab him and want to have sex with him. Don't be so stupid and narrowminded! Some of us still have control unlike you!

      pop101 - 2011-02-17 09:00

      That's the point John, some do, some don't.

      Sonja - 2011-02-17 09:10

      Did I OR DID I NOT say perverts / pedophiles / pshycos??

      CyberDog - 2011-02-17 09:12

      Wow, thats a very well thought through argument. What if they did their crime without the posters, would that mean you have accomplished anything by taking them off? Seriously, I would rather have my children growing up with nudity than violence. One of the reasons the church forced me to review my religion was the double standards. The Church not only supports but encourages violence through the centuries, but then want to piss on you, fight with you and kill you over nudity or not wearing the right cloths. WTF?? I would rather see a poster of naked woman any day than a brutally murdered farmer. Do not criminalize petty issues.

      Picasso - 2011-02-17 09:46

      That is so stupid Sonja. So if Sony put up a sign advertising a 60 inch flat screen TV, a thief might walk pass and get the urge to go and steal one? Perverts / pedophiles / pshycos will do their crimes no matter what, just as a thief will do his crime no matter what.

      Worldwise - 2011-02-17 09:56

      OK Sonya, so if they can't see a poster to set them off, maybe they can just buy a porno book at the CNA? Your argument has been disproved many times over. Porn does not cause rape. Ask any psychologist. Stop imposing your sense of arousal and normality on others. I also didn't know that peadophiles get turned on by a womans boobs. Maybe you should publish the results of your research into the matter.

      pop101 - 2011-02-17 10:03

      Worldwise, maybe you can inform us why the proposed porn channel on DSTV was canceled? I'm not talking about the soft porn on Saturday nights.

      colette.rossouw - 2011-02-17 19:14

      Sonja, there's a little 'psycho' in all of us.. What about seeing naked African women doing those dances on TV? Must we put restrictions on everything ? What a boring world it would be. Picasso : excellent!

  • TheFigTree - 2011-02-17 08:48

    @gb2161 - Has the thought never crossed your mind - "What if Im wrong?" ......

      pop101 - 2011-02-17 09:02

      I'm sure it did - however, what if you are wrong. It's tit for tat. Respect his views, and he will respect yours.

      Flee - 2011-02-17 09:45

      Pop... hehehe Tit for Tat... hehehehe

      pop101 - 2011-02-17 09:50

      Lol, very applicable.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-02-17 08:55


  • Sythe - 2011-02-17 08:58

    To all the comments saying that this is pointless and a waste of time and bashing christians again. How would you feel if it were your daughter posing in those adverts. Glad it has been banned.

      Flee - 2011-02-17 09:46

      Well then your daughter has a dirty little sectret to tell you, and a very nice pair of Boobies.. Can I have her Number for my brother please.....

      Worldwise - 2011-02-17 09:48

      I would feel great that she is not ashamed of her boobs. Only a dirty mind sees nudity as dirty. Whats the state of yours?

      Picasso - 2011-02-17 10:03

      Well Worldwise, the fact that they see it as bad is a clear indication of what their mindsets are. They are the type of people that can not see the difference between for an example a artistic nude and porn.

      pop101 - 2011-02-17 10:13

      Worldwise: I don't see where Sythe said it's dirty - it's just not appropriate. Just like it is not appropriate to pee in public. Picasso: Well, Picasso, you don't see Christians protesting against artistic nude paintings and sculptures. What's your point.

      Picasso - 2011-02-17 11:16

      Pop 101, how is showing boobies porn? That is my point. If the so called christians don't have a problem with artistic nudes, why complain about the ad? They can not see the difference.

      pop101 - 2011-02-17 12:16

      Picasso, I get your point. If you are willing to show the left boob, why not show both, they're the same anyway - lol. And to be honest, you have a good point I probably can't answer. However, there is a thin line (controlled by ASA) between what is acceptable for public viewing and whats not. Despite, photographs of nudes are generally a no-no in public (guess it's more realistic), while paintings and sculptures are more about the artist and his creation. If you see the porn in that, well, then you you may as well go see a "kopdokter".

  • Kelly - 2011-02-17 09:01

    boring!! I loved that poster. Is it not what the sexpo is about? allowing open-minded people to be together. and the woman on the poster was not forced into posing.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-02-17 09:23

    knowledge plus application is power there is nothing wrong with the sexpo

  • GV - 2011-02-17 09:41


  • Melony Pinto - 2011-02-17 10:56

    Its a case of morals. The people who commit the worst crimes in civilised countries are found with porn . How would you like your 12 year old daughter to attend such an event. SA morals are practically non existent. some feel that it means nothing to have multiple sex partners,(Africa has the highes aids rate), steel, murder, rape - that is the culture???? Start teaching morals and the rest will start to come right.

      NannyOgg - 2011-02-17 14:17

      No under 18's are allowed to attend the Sexpo, it's for grown-ups.

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-02-17 11:17

    typical mother grundy mentality.. I bet half the people that object to the ads are probably sexual deviants in their own homes in some way or another!!

  • misty - 2011-02-17 11:28


  • Steven - 2011-02-18 15:40

    Strange how the church is such a hated object maybe you should try concentrate on finding your way and to accepting Jesus Christ.

  • freddyvdm - 2011-02-22 16:13

    What a bunch of............... oi tits are hot butiful and nice .and so is a good looking ass ,over dressed people suck!

  • domenic.botha - 2011-10-26 06:59

    In no way does the Sexpo promote the sexploitation of women and children. Sexpo should send them some free tickets so they can see what its all about.

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