A photo of a zombie with yellow eyes, cracked skin and jagged teeth – used to promote a Halloween event at Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach – must not be used again because it is ‘likely to distress young children’, the UK’s advertising watchdog has ruled.
Which, given it’s now almost Christmas, isn’t too much of a problem...
26 people complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about the digital poster for the ‘Journey to Hell Freak Nights’, which was spotted at the Trafford Centre in September.
“[They] believed that the image used in the poster was inappropriate and disturbing for young children [and] challenged whether the ad was unsuitable for outdoor display,” the ruling reads.
10 complainants also claimed that it would be “disturbing” for adults, too.
According to Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s website, Journey to Hell was a “scare zone live actor and action based experience”, including “two rollercoasters and two dark rides”.
Responding to the ASA’s inquiries, the popular tourist attraction said the promotion “was not targeted at children” and due to it being located in the Trafford Centre, children would have been accompanied by an adult, with any viewing of the ad being “brief”.
“[Blackpool Pleasure Beach] explained that the ad was shown … at a time when similar images and themes were displayed in public and was no more likely to cause fear and distress than any other examples.