The 20 Funniest Banned Commercials

Unlike every other one of these lists you've seen, this one only features real ads that were banned.

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1. Ihr Optiker (German optician)

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"Need glasses?"

Via Germany. Banned in 2006.

2. Créme D'or

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Via Switzerland. Banned in 2004.

Simulating a BJ pretty much guarantees a banning.

3. Bunker Satis-Fashion footwear

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Via Spain. Banned in 2006.

Likewise, simulating masturbation will get your spot ejected.

4. Durex (for a hundred million reasons)

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Via The UK. Banned in 2000.

5. Hansaplast condoms

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Via France. Banned in 2004.

6. Yellow Pages (shark)

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Via The Netherlands. Banned in 1999.

7. Yellow Pages (haircut)

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Via The UK. Banned in 2004.

8. Slim Milk

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Via Thailand. Banned in 2010.

9. Toyota

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This RAV4 War of the Roses spot via New Zealand was banned in 2006 because it was deemed "offensive and malicious," and "would encourage similar behavior."

10. Hyundai Veloster.

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Via The Netherlands. Banned in 2011.

Pretty obvious why this spot was banned.

11. Companhia Athletica

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Via Brazil. Banned in 2006.

12. Toohey's beer

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Via Australia. Banned in 2007.

13. Hyundai

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Via France. Banned in 2006.

Quite surprised the liberal French banned this.

The banning of gay-themed ads has been very arbitrary, worldwide.

14. Espressen (newspaper)

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Via Sweden. Banned in 1994.

15. Deutsche Postbank

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Via Germany. Banned in 2005.

16. Heineken

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Via The UK. Banned in 2006 by England's stuffy ASA.

Remember when Heineken did funny ads that didn't insult your fucking intelligence?

(I'm looking at you, stupid, sexist "walk-in" fridge spot)

17. Birra Moretti Zero

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Via Spain. Banned in 2006.

18. BC Lions football

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Via Canada. Banned in 2005.

19. Soesman language training

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Via The Netherlands. Banned in 2001.

20. Vim cleaning cream (my favorite ever banned ad).

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Via Canada.

Spot won a Gold Lion at Cannes in 2005.

Banned the same year.

It's a fucking brilliant commercial.