Ugly Men Called In For Drinks Firms Ads

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    Ugly Men Called In For Drinks Firms Ads
    Drinks companies have been ordered to use uglier men in their advertising campaigns.The Advertising Standards Authority believes "balding" and "paunchy" men would be less likely to encourage women to drink to achieve social success.The new advertising code stresses that links must not be made between alcohol and seduction.

    A campaign for popular sparkling drink Lambrini has become the first to fall foul of the new rules.

    The Authority objected to a poster which showed three women "hooking" a slim, young man in a parody of a fairground game.

    The industry regulator instructed the firm: "We would advise that the man in the picture should be unattractive - ie overweight, middle-aged, balding etc.

    "In its current form we consider that the ad is in danger of implying that the drink may bring sexual/social success, because the man in question looks quite attractive and desirable to the girls.

    "If the man was clearly unattractive, we think that this implication would be removed from the ad."

    Lambrini owner John Halewood said the Authority should not be in the business of defining who was and was not unattractive enough to star in ads.

    He said: "It makes some very understandable rulings to encourage sensible drinking but we're not sure they're qualified to decide for the nation who's sexy and who's not.

    "Sexual attraction is happily one of the few things in life that can't be governed."

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