M&S fes­tive ad furore re­solved

The Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

A FURORE around sug­ges­tions the Marks & Spencer Christ­mas ad fea­tures a vil­lain swear­ing at Padding­ton bear has been re­solved.

The re­tailer’s fes­tive cam­paign, which fea­tures Padding­ton mis­tak­ing a bearded bur­glar for Santa, caused up­roar af­ter view­ers be­lieved they heard the bur­glar swear­ing at the bear.

A spokesman for M&S said it was “clear” the words are “thank you, lit­tle bear”.

Now the Ad­ver­tis­ing Stan­dards Au­thor­ity, which re­ceived three com­plaints about the ad, has ruled on the mat­ter, say­ing there are no grounds for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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