Eto electrical stores in Russia had a television advertisement where they stated that Father Frost (a.k.a. Santa Claus) did not exist.
But saying that he doesn’t exist is tantamount to telling children that their parents are liars.
So the ad has been banned.
The Federal anti-Monopoly Service said the ad had broken rules for advertisers not to discredit parents and teachers.
The ad “induces negative relations between children and parents”, Andrei Kashevarov, the service’s deputy director, told Rossiiskaya Gazeta.
A more pressing concern: couldn’t this lead down a slippery slope? For example, some parents teach their kids that God created us in our present form… so are advertisers not allowed to talk about evolution? What about educational TV shows? What do you do when parents are just plain wrong? Ignore the truth to appease them?
(Thanks to Sue for the link!)