‘Boob job’ posters banned for trivialising cosmetic surgery

By Dugald Baird
Wednesday 18 February 2015 11.47 GMT
The Guardian

The advertising watchdog has banned a poster campaign for “trivialising” cosmetic surgery.

Posters were placed in toilets in motorway service stations and shopping centres by the Malaysian-based Medical Tourism Association stating “Did you know… ‘Boob job’ is the most popular cosmetic procedure for women”.

They added: “Malaysia is proud to be amongst one of the only countries within the region where medical tourism is promoted by the government. Hence medical tourists can have the assurance of quality care and be guided by the regulation, safety standards and the governing laws within this industry.

“Our private hospitals bagged three out of nine awards at the international Medical Travel Awards 2014.”

The Advertising Standards Authority received a complaint claiming that the ad was socially irresponsible because it trivialised cosmetic surgery by suggesting it could be incorporated into a holiday.

Media space buyer Admedia, which had booked the ad on behalf of the Medical Tourism Association, said the ad “had not advertised a holiday due to the absence of pricing, tourist or accommodation information nor did it include an option to sign up for a cosmetic procedure”. It added that “the ad was informative and promoted safety and high standards, demonstrated by examples of internationally recognised awards”.

However, the ASA ruled that the ad’s main focus was medical tourism for breast augmentation, and this emphasis “was likely to detract from the seriousness of the surgery offered”.

It said that the posters “could be interpreted as suggesting that surgery was a decision that could be undertaken lightly, without serious consideration of the nature of the intervention. We therefore concluded the overall presentation of the ad was likely to be seen as trivialising breast enhancement surgery.”

The watchdog therefore banned the ad.

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Friday, 20 February 2015 - 8:33 am

    AiYah mak, Y such discrimination against d Malaysian-based Medical Tourism @ssociation’s poster campaign 1
    Promoting b00b job only lah, not vi0lence
    Not promoting enhancement of another body organ dat looks like a tropical fruit leh

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Friday, 20 February 2015 - 11:53 am

    In dis 1DERful land, rakyat can see lots of advert promoting seks enhancement tricks everywhere, esp on traffic light poles, road signs, etc – giving visitors d impression dat we r a seks obsessed n seks hungry nation, natural n unnatural/sodomee seks

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Friday, 20 February 2015 - 11:57 am

    Furthermore, a lawyer now going round d nation describing in lucid n lurid details a sodomee act, as if he is a sodomite himself
    What is a boob job lah, in comparison

  4. #4 by boh-liao on Friday, 20 February 2015 - 2:09 pm

    Was d following boob job done in M’sia?
    Huat aaaaah!

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