The censorious bunch of self-appointed bureaucrats at the Advertising Standards Authority have targeted anti-gay marriage adverts, anti-environmentalist adverts, Fathers4Justice adverts, pro-hanging adverts and women in bikinis in their insidious campaign against politically incorrect causes. Their latest investigation is into Poundland’s teabagging elf, who caused a storm in a teacup over Christmas. Literally several vastly overpaid men will be sitting in a room discussing whether an image of an elf holding a teabag over a plastic doll is against their code. The investigation is going to last months. And all because some lefties moaned on Twitter. Free the teabagging elf!
Today’s source of Twitter faux outrage: this tweet from Poundland featuring a naughty elf and a Twinings teabag:
Twinings have responded by distancing themselves from the promotion:
We are aware of an image that is circulating that misuses our product. This is to confirm that we had no involvement in this and that it is obviously not reflective of our brand values.
— Twinings Tea (@TwiningsTeaUK) December 21, 2017
A look at some of the other recent tweets on Poundland’s feed shows a clear deliberate attempt to wind up Twitter and bag a load of publicity. Storm in a teacup?