Cartoon pigs flying into trouble with sensitive viewers

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 February, 2011, 12:00am

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.'

Exactly!