Brian’s controversial ad

Per Bedroom ad ruled offensive to men (The Age, May 27, 2009), the Advertising Standards Bureau has forced an Advanced Medical Institute commercial, which featured Brian Wenzel as a police man in a bedroom telling the man in the bed he won’t ticket him for speed if he gets help for his problem, to be pulled from the air. AMI is apparently appealing the decision (ABC News: Men ‘vilified and shamed’ by bedroom police ad – ABC Online).

(See portions of the commercial in an April news slip on Youtube.)

Personally, I don’t see the issue. But, then, I’m not in their target demographic. I wonder — were the people who complained people who might actually benefit from the service but were offended by the delivery, or just the usual suspects who feel it is their duty to complain at the drop of a hat on behalf of someone else?

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  1. Reado August 9th, 2009 11:13 pm

    I was rather upset to hear that Brian Wenzel had gotten involved in something like this. I did not hear about complaints though – a friend (also ACP fan ) told me about an investigation by a current affairs show that instigated lab testing of the Nasal sprays that supposedly showed the products to be a complete rip-off \ dud ! This reminds me of an unfortunate incident years ago with Sid Heylan who promoted some product for a company that was very suspect. Always a shame when they get mixed up with some sort of “dodgy” business scheme,after having such a good career on Australian tv.

  2. chri8topher December 25th, 2009 9:50 am

    I have been a fan of “A Country Practice” since it started, at the tender age of 6. If Frank Gilroy came into my bedroom to tell me something, then I know I would just do it, not only to get him off my back, but because he has a sense of what’s right and wrong. This is pure comedy, and clever advertising. It’s fun to see old stars recognized again, and its just the “Aussie” in us that would identify with it. After checking the link, I was happy to see Brian in a later “role”, but upset that it would be put under such scrutiny. Everyone needs to lighten up. Great site though. Cheers.

  3. chri8topher December 25th, 2009 12:44 pm

    Oh, and as a side, yes, the people who complained are both the ones that can benefit, that’s why they are always the ones that complain at the drop of a hat. :)

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