The Guardian has an article today on the uproar caused by the new DG advertising campaign. Two magazine adverts featuring models holding knives and depicting...

The Guardian has an article today on the uproar caused by the new D&G advertising campaign. Two magazine adverts featuring models holding knives and depicting violent attacks ran in last weekend’s magazine supplements and sparked 166 complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority.

Although the company explained that the ads were meant to invoke the "Napoleonic period", with inspiration taken from the paintings of Delacroix and David, the ASA have ruled that they could be seen to condone, glamourise and glorify knife-related violence. Although this seems a bit of an extreme reaction to obviously stylised images, rather unfortunately for D&G’s case the ad in the Times appeared next to an article on knife-related crime!

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