FBoy Island cleared over ad complaint

Foxtel regrets any offence caused by FBoy Island ad but is cleared over a complaint to Ad Standards panel.

Foxtel ads on BVOD and online for dating reality show FBoy Island have been cleared of breaching Australian Association of National Advertiser Code.

B&T reports a complaint to Ad Standards read the ad, “Strongly demonstrating simulated sex gesticulations, tongue licking of barely clad female. Media able to be viewed by anyone regardless of age 24/7. This advertisement being shown on Free to Air TV in early evening.”

In its response to the complaint, Foxtel said that it “takes the complaint very seriously and regrets any offence caused.”

However, it said the campaign was created with a “target audience in mind” and that, contrary to the complaint, it was never played on linear free-to-air TV.

“Rather it has been played on video-on-demand apps via a targeted campaign to females aged 18-34 who also enjoy other reality genre TV shows such as Love Island. To this end, the advertisement was targeted at contextually relevant environments / audience members,” said the network.

It also said that the complainant misrepresents the advert with very limited nudity and that the alleged “tongue licking” never happened.

“There is a 0.5-1 second cut where a female clothed in a blue, long-sleeved dress has a male contestant “grind” against her while she is laughing (there is no tongue licking, and the shot, which is a very short one, is not a close-up). This is in the context of a talent show game from the show itself, and reflects the comedic, light-hearted nature of the scene.”

The Ad Standards panel ruled the ad it would have been possible for children to have seen the advert if they were watching BVOD services with a family account.

It concluded ads were not found to have breached the AANA codes.

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