In the past I've written about complainers; people who complain about anything and everything, but I'm realising there is now a hidden organisation called hardcorecomplainters.busybodies which enjoys officially complaining.
Few, if any, of these individuals know each other but they have one thing in common - complaining to official bodies.
The latest organisation to receive complaints is the Advertising Watchdog and the company in the spotlight is Marks & Spencer.
Seven people complained about an advertisement in which Rosie Huntingdon-Whitely was moving (still images above). They said the advert was 'offensive and unsuitable for public display because of their allegedly explicit nature'.
When I was young nakedness was observed in the media with comments varying from 'Wow' to complete indifference. Nakedness was never mentioned in my home when I was young, although until I was around 10 I shared a bedroom with my brother. Didn't my parents realise we'd see each other naked, or at the very least, semi-naked? With hindsight perhaps my parents thought nakedness was just one part of human life which they couldn't influence.
However, the presbyterian influence was never far from my mother's thoughts. Vividly I remember as around a 14 year old, running into the kitchen/living room for something or other, attired in a full length under slip. My mother frantically berated me for appearing in front of my father in such a state of 'undress' and her temperamental ramblings about my semi-nakedness continued for a few minutes (which I thought hours). I wonder, if she was still alive, would she be one of the seven complainers about the Marks & Spencer advertisement?
Fortunately the Advertising Watchdog didn't agree with the complainers in this instance, but sadly I see a day, in the not too distant future, when that may not be the case.