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Do You Find These Controversial Ads Shocking?

Do You Find These Controversial Ads Shocking?

The UK's Advertising Standards Agency has just released its annual report with the most complained-about ads of all time, which include this British Safety Council condom ad from 1995 that offended Roman Catholics and Sophie Dahl's infamous nude Yves Saint Laurent Opium perfume ad from 2000. But the No. 1 complained-about ad may surprise you — it is a KFC ad from 2005 that centers around employees talking with their mouths full. Those Brits, always watching their manners!

For us, the most shocking ads are those that make us cringe with their sexist, homophobic, or just plain overly sexualized messages. It's sad to see that we haven't evolved much from the disturbingly sexist ads of the '60s. But take a look at some of these modern-day TV and print ads that have sparked controversy and weigh in on if you find them shocking or not. (Warning: slightly NSFW images ahead.)

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