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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Knobheads - Nanny Bans Eggs

Knobheads
I have been writing articles for this site since September 2004 and, on occasions, one can be a tad "sensitised" to the nonsense of Nanny and not react with the full vigour, righteous indignation and ire that this old witch should provoke.

However, fear not, in this particular case my indignation is righteous, my ire is inflamed and my dander is up.

So incensed am I about this, that I am forgoing my prestigious "Prats of The Week" award and presenting the miscreants with my "Knobheads of The Year" award.

What has caused such a response in my normally mild mannered persona?

I shall tell you.

EGGS!

Yes, that's right, EGGS!

Harmless enough, you would have thought?

A nice meal or snack; fried, boiled, poached, scrambled raw etc...it's all good.

Not if you are Nanny's chums in the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre (BACC). They have decided that eggs are evil, and have banned the advertising of them.

The story begins 50 years ago, when eggs were advertised by Tony Hancock with the slogan:

"Go to work on an egg".

The British Egg Information Service (BEIS) had planned to re-broadcast these adverts to mark the 50th anniversary, and to get us to eat more eggs.

No problemo!

That is until Nanny's knobheads in the BACC, which vets television advertisements before they are screened, stuck their gnarled old noses into to the yolk and said that the campaign breached current Ofcom rules on promoting a varied diet.

Kristoffer Hammer, a BACC spokesman, whined that the issue was not whether a daily egg with your breakfast would be harmful; only that it should be served with fruit juice or toast.

"We are not questioning the effect

it would have on your health.

Our role is to ensure that advertising

that goes on television is in compliance

with the [Communications] act.

It's quite clear from the act that they should

be presented as part of a balanced diet
."

What a bunch of knobheads!

As can be clearly seen in the adverts, Tony is eating the eggs with bacon, soldiers and tea. Why do we have to see juice and muesli as well?

Not everyone wants juice and muesli.

Also, do we not have other meals in the day?

The adverts are quite clearly not telling us to eat only eggs throughout the day for fark's sake!

The BEIS thinks this is a load of old bollocks:

"We have been shocked by this ruling,

as eggs are a healthy,

natural food which are recommended by nutritionists.

What's more, there are no restrictions

on the number of eggs people can eat,

which was recently confirmed by the Food Standards Agency,

and between five and seven eggs a week

would be totally acceptable for most people.

In addition, many other advertisers clearly

promote their products to be eaten every day,

such as breakfast cereals, so we are very surprised

that eggs have been singled out in this way
."

FACTOID: I can eat 4 eggs in one sitting when having my multi component fry up!

Fay Weldon, who created the slogan, thinks the ban is bollocks as well:

"When you think of what can be run

and what is being run, like low-cost airlines

and cars ... Cars kill,

eggs aren't actually likely to do so
."

As said, BACC well deserving the "Knobheads of The Year" award!

Take a trip down memory lane and watch Nanny's banned adverts here, careful that Nanny doesn't arrest you:

-Housekeeper

-Soul

-Burst Pipe

-Crossword

-Bill

-Englishman

-Star

-Violin

Sign the petition, asking for the adverts to be shown, here: Petition

Tell BACC that they are Knobheads here enquiries@bacc.org.uk

9 comments:

  1. Big Al10:21 AM

    I can see that advertisers are going to be forced to restrospectively change their slogans.

    "A Mars a Day Helps Your Teeth to Decay,"

    MacDonalds: "I'm bloatin' on it."

    "Drinka Pinta Milka Nava Hearta Tack"

    "Heineken Hardens The Arteries Other Beers Cannot Reach."

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  2. "Kristoffer Hammer, a BACC spokesman, whined that the issue was not whether a daily egg with your breakfast would be harmful; only that it should be served with fruit juice or toast."

    ...and in at least one of the adverts toast or toasted soldiers are visible so therefore it passes the criteria that Mr Hammer has just listed. Thus that advert should be passed as acceptable by BACC. Hoisted by their own petard is the phrase that springs to mind.

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  3. John Rimmer12:27 PM

    I think putting the heavily-accented, barely comprehensible Herr Hammer on television as spokesrobot was a bit of a public relations disaster!

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  4. Anonymous1:00 PM

    I think they should ban those PG Tips ads as well ... where TF am I going to find two chimpanzees first thing on a morning to rearrange the furniture whilst I'm supping a pint mug of Rosie and scarfing a bacon, cackleberry and tramsmash sarnie? :o(

    Dog.

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  5. grant1:08 PM

    Well, having watched the ads it is clear that most if not all of them cannot be criticised on the basis of the exclusion of other foods.

    On the other hand they could be seen as sexist.

    And there is undoubtedly an underlying social commentary related to people who can afford servants, even when they are living in reduced circumstances.

    I'm sure there are good reasons for keeping them off the modern screens. The proles would not understand the social setting for a start.

    Still, nice to see eggs scrambling to get so much publicity.

    Omelette anyone?


    Grant

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  6. Anonymous1:10 PM

    And what are we to make of Red Ken's exhorting us to go to work on a bus? What's the nutirtional content of one of those?

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  7. Anonymous wrote:

    "And what are we to make of Red Ken's exhorting us to go to work on a bus? What's the nutirtional content of one of those?"

    Probably more than a box of Special K.

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  8. Anonymous9:51 PM

    Love you rant! It's exactly how I feel, though I can't manage more then 2 eggs in a sitting (free range or barn of course!)

    Loving your blog.

    J
    x

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  9. grumpy5:18 PM

    I'm surprised that the BACC shower hasn't noticed the real killer in the Hancock adverts. All of his eggs are SOFT BOILED!!!
    Surely everybody (even knobheads) knows that you can catch AIDS, mad cow disease, TB, syphilis, chicken flu, malaria, terrorism and global warming from eating soft-boiled eggs?
    They were probably even the reason why Hancock topped himself.

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