Virgin Mary ad ruled offensive

Virgins wantedAn ad poster seeking a young man and woman to auction their virginity has been ruled offensive by the Advertising Standards Bureau – but only because it included an image of the Virgin Mary with male genitalia drawn on her face.  

The poster caused outrage when it was put up on university campuses in March.

The ad is the work of a company called Thomas William Productions which claims it is creating a documentary called B Side, which will be about a man and a woman auctioning their virginity.

It is offering each winning applicant $20,000.

The ASB said it had received complaint about posters sited near four schools. It stated: “The Board considered that the image of the Virgin Mary with a penis on her forehead was disrespectful to people of the Christian belief and that the image denigrated this religion.”


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