NEWS: Condom ad sparks Royal picture row

The British Safety Council is on a collision course with advertising watchdogs and the Royal Family over a poster that features a wedding picture of the Prince and Princess of Wales to promote the use of condoms.

The British Safety Council is on a collision course with advertising

watchdogs and the Royal Family over a poster that features a wedding

picture of the Prince and Princess of Wales to promote the use of

condoms.



The poster, which publicises next month’s National Condom Week,

contravenes Advertising Standards Authority rules that bar the use of

the Royal Family in ads without prior permission from the Lord

Chancellor’s office.



The row comes less than a year after a BSC leaflet promoting the use of

condoms and featuring a picture of the Pope provoked 1,187 complaints to

the ASA - the largest in its 34-year history.



Earlier this year, the ASA clashed with Live TV over a doctored wedding

photograph of Princess Diana in which she appeared to be kissing Paul

Gascoigne (Campaign, 12 April).



The BSC’s latest ad shows Charles and Diana kissing as the Spitting

Image puppet, Johnny Condom, looks on.



Prince Charles’s private office and the ASA have contacted the BSC to

ask for details of the campaign and where the posters will appear.



The BSC said it had not asked for the Lord Chancellor’s permission to

use the picture because it was not necessary to do so.



It is unclear whether the poster falls within the ASA’s remit. The BSC

says it forms part of an information pack and that it will be up to

individuals to decide whether or not to display it.



Caroline Crawford, the ASA’s communications director, said it had

alerted the Charity Commission and Press Complaints Authority.



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