Complaint: 17/228

Sealord NZ, Television

Details

Complainants
advertisers
Sealord NZ
Year
2017
Media
Television
Product
Food and Beverage
Clauses
Decision
No Grounds to Proceed
ASA Links
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Decision Document

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COMPLAINT NUMBER
17/228
COMPLAINANT
C Barnes
ADVERTISER
Sealord NZ
ADVERTISEMENT
Sealord NZ, Television
DATE OF MEETING
18 July 2017
OUTCOME
No Grounds to Proceed


Advertisement:
The Sealord NZ Classic Crumb fish fillets television advertisement begins
with a girl asking her father "Dad, why do I suck at swimming?" The father is shopping for
fish at the supermarket and replies "There's plenty of good stuff in fish and maybe it will help
you swim like one" The father repeats the mantra "Remember be like a fish" and the story
arc shows the girl improving at swimming. The advertisement ends with the father also
taking swimming lessons and the daughter repeating the line "Be like a fish"

The Acting Chair ruled there were no grounds for the complaint to proceed.

Complainant,
C Barnes, said: The little girls asks why she "sucks" at swimming. This
language is not appropriate for young children.

The relevant provisions were Code of Ethics - Rule 4; Code for Advertising Food -
Principle 1.

The Acting Chair noted the Complainant's concern that the word 'sucks' was not
appropriate language for a child.

The Acting Chair noted that the word 'sucks' was not listed on the Unacceptable Words On
Television and Radio list published by the Broadcasting Standards Authority. She said that
the word was a common urban slang term.

The Acting Chair said that the overall message of the advertisement was a positive,
motivational one. In this context, she said the use of the slang term did not meet the
threshold to offend against generally prevailing community standards. The Acting Chair
ruled the advertisement had been prepared with a due sense of social responsibility to
consumers and to society.

Accordingly, the Chair ruled there were no grounds for the complaint to proceed.


Acting Chair's Ruling: Complaint No Grounds to Proceed