Cartoon pigs flying into trouble with sensitive viewers
with Alex Lo
Red Bull, the energy drink, has given the phrase 'when pigs fly' a whole new meaning. A controversial new television advert has attracted at least one complaint to the Broadcasting Authority. The reason? It's animal cruelty.
In the cartoon ad, an under-age kid naively asks his mother if he can go to a live strip show. The outraged mother, naturally, responds: 'When pigs fly.'
The boy then gives Red Bull to several pigs which, once energised, promptly take to the air.
The fly-by animals outside the kitchen window force Mum to keep her promise. The last scene ends with the boy enjoying a front-row view of a woman in fish-net stockings and a feather boa.
A Post reader wrote to say: 'I have written a complaint to the Broadcasting Authority ... I object to this commercial as it depicts cruelty to pigs and harassed mothers.'