I often fear for the collective sanity of Britain when I come across reports such as the one I read in the Sun today, which reveals that “a flood of viewers” have complained to TV watchdogs over the Go Compare ad which sees sporting legend Sue Barker blowing up Wynne Evans’ annoying tenor character, Gio Compario…
Seriously, do people have so little going on in their lives, and so little humour, that they A) take the ad as being anything other than a joke, and B) have the time and energy to actually lodge a formal complaint about it?
Well, apparently so because it seems the main gist of the complaints is that Sue is depicted as a terrorist. Seriously, oh my god.
The whole point of the ‘assassination’ is actually a retort to the fact that visitors to the insurance comparison website named Sue as the most irritating ad character on TV.
But honestly, do these complainants actually believe anybody is going to emulate what Sue does in the ad – which is fire a rocket propelled grenade at the über irksome singer – and we’re set to see a spate of exploding tenors??
The paper adds, “Despite the tubby tenor being voted the most irritating character in adverts, scores claim they were shocked to see BBC sports presenter Sue, 56, training a giant bazooka on him.
“It is only after the singer seemingly gets blown to smithereens that she reveals herself to be the mystery assassin — by tearing off the balaclava of her terrorist-style garb.”
At the end of the ad, we see a frazzled Gio climbing – very much alive I might add – out of a crater made by the bazooka blast, while Sue jubilantly grins from her Grassy Knoll-esque hideaway.
The Advertising Standards Authority confirmed, “We have received a total of 43 complaints so far.
“Some people think it offensive especially at a time when children are watching.
“Others think it inappropriate when our security forces are coming under fire on a daily basis.
“As with all complaints we are looking into the matter before deciding if we launch a full investigation.”
Just in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the ‘offending’ ad…
Are you one of the viewers who complained? And if so, why on earth did you?