In 2008 ads for the Angelina Jolie thriller "Wanted" were banned in the U.K. by that country's Advertising Standards Authority on the grounds that they "could be seen to condone violence by glorifying or glamorising the use of guns," the watchdog's website said.
Last week a Christian Dior mascara ad featuring actress Natalie Portman was banned in the U.K. after rival makeup company L'Oreal complained that the magazine ad was misleading and exaggerated. L'Oreal believed it "misleadingly exaggerated the likely effects of the product," according to the ruling posted on the Advertising Standards Authority website.
In 2010 an ad for Bulgari handbags featuring a nude Julianne Moore was banned by the mayor of Venice, Italy, for being "inappropriate," the San Francisco Chronicle reported. "An advertisement showing a nude woman on a divan is not appropriate for St. Mark's Square," Mayor Giorgio Orsoni was quoted as saying.
In 2011 the U.S. National Advertising Division cited a CoverGirl mascara ad featuring Taylor Swift as being "dishonest," leading Procter & Gamble (CoverGirl's owner) to pull the ads permanently, rollingstone.com reported. Fine print on the ad stated the image had been enhanced, but that wasn't enough to satisfy the officials.
In 2010 a racy television commercial featuring Beyonce Knowles touting her perfume line ran afoul of the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority. The group mandated that the ad not be aired before 7:30 p.m.
On May 3, Popchips, a potato chip snack, removed an online video ad starring Ashton Kutcher from YouTube and Facebook after an outcry among Indian-Americans calling the ads racist. In the ad Kutcher played a Bollywood producer touting his dating virtues in a sing-song accent with his face painted brown.
In July the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority banned ads -- starring stars including Katy Perry -- for the acne cream Proactiv for being misleading. The watchdog group cited the fact that the U.K. version of the product does not contain the same active ingredient as the U.S. version.
In 2011 U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority ruled that a Miu Miu ad featuring actress Hailee Steinfeld sitting on train tracks was "irresponsible" because it showed a child "in an unsafe location." Steinfeld was 14 at the time, according to the ASA website.