"Antigay" beverage ads ordered off U.K. television
BY Advocate.com Editors
December 19 2002 1:00 AM ET
ShowBizData.com reports that the Independent Television Community, the United Kingdom's television watchdog, has ordered that a commercial for alcoholic beverage WKD be taken off the air because it could encourage homophobic bullying. Beverage Brands, the parent company of WKD, later issued a statement saying that the ads were intended to be "lighthearted and amusing" and observed that it "actively supports events and campaigns related to a large number of groups, including the gay and lesbian communities." Earlier this year, a WKD spot featuring a flasher was taken off the air after being deemed offensive by the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority.