Rolling Stones Ad Banned From London Tube Stations

Unfortunately, censorship is the latest trend to hit the UK. In the past few months alone, the ASA, (Advertising Standards Authority), have banned supposedly ‘racy’ fashion ads from both Tom Ford and Miu Miu, resulting in widespread controversy. But the latest instance of UK censorship follows a Rolling Stones ad that was deemed ‘risqué’ for the London underground — guess the phrase ‘sex sells’ doesn’t apply in the UK.

The poster, promoting their upcoming retrospective ‘EXHIBITIONISM‘, shows a vibrant pop-art image of a woman’s crotch with the infamous Rolling Stone tongue plastered on top. Despite the lack of nudity in the shot, Exterion Media, the organization that regulates tube advertisements, still found the poster too crude to approve.

The iconic rock band is scheduled to open their own exhibit at London’s Saatchi Gallery in April of next year. A collection of the band’s hardcore achievements, the gallery is set to display over 500 Rolling Stone artifacts ranging from various archives, diaries, guitars, paraphernalia, rare audio, album artwork, and video clips. The exhibit will span out across two floors and nine themed rooms. After it’s term at the Saatchi Gallery, the collection will travel to 11 other locations across the globe over the next four years.

While the original ad won’t be greeting Londoners on their way to work, a revised poster with the tongue re-positioned to the woman’s belly button will hit public transport stations July 13th. The raunchier posters are still scheduled to be plastered around the rest of the UK — that is, if they don’t get banned too.

A spokesperson for the band stated, "We are dumbfounded and perplexed at this rather silly decision. Perhaps something to do with the fact that it’s the Rolling Stones and controversy still seems to follow them everywhere."

It seems only fitting that the Rolling Stones’ ad would cause a stir, because what would rock n’ roll be without a scandal anyway?

Tickets for the exhibit go on sale tomorrow, grab em’ here

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