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February 25, 2006

FCUKing rip off


A French Connection (FCUK) television spot featuring "women kung-fu fighting and a lesbian kiss" has attracted complaints from the folks whose job it is to complain about such things. More interesting is a Groovecutters complaint saying the French Connection ad rips off their "We Close Our Eyes" video, also featuring kung fu fighting partly-clad women and a woman/woman kiss. And a rip off it most clearly is. Though it is a bit rich making a fuss considering the track is a cover in the first place.

The French Connection advert shows a blonde and a brunette model fighting in a basement before getting soaked in water and sharing a passionate kiss. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said it has received around 50 complaints since the clip was first aired on Sunday night.

A spokeswoman said: "Complaints have been on two points. Some believe it's offensive in its sexual nature, particularly the lesbian kiss. Others have complained about the violence."

The ad was directed by Duncan Jones, spawn of David Bowie, which fact goes some way to explaining its content, its success and its derivativeness.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 25, 2006 08:43 AM

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That Bowie guy sure is derivative, all right. I mean, he totally ripped off that Peter Schilling "Major Tom" song.

Having watched both videos, I bet the director of the FCUK ad is pretty pissed at the director of the Groovecutters' video. Oh wait.

(Seriously, what was he thinking?)

Posted by: Krapsnart [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 26, 2006 01:19 PM