EXCLUSIVE: Watchdog ‘reviewing’ Tesco ad after over 1000 complaints in 48 hours

Tesco’s Christmas advert, which featured the tagline “Nothing’s Stopping Us”, could be pulled from airwaves after attracting over a thousand complaints in just two days.

The 90-second clip showed Father Christmas almost being quarantined as he tries to enter the country.

He is allowed in by border officials after producing his vaccination certificate, prompting other travellers to start cheering.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) told the Grocery Gazette it was “reviewing” the piece to decide “whether there are any grounds for further action”.

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Viewers have objected to the “coercive” advert, claiming it “encourages medical discrimination based on vaccine status”.

The piece, which Tesco hoped would “put a smile on people’s faces”, also spawned a #BoycottTesco backlash on social media.

GB News presenter Tonia Buxton advised the supermarket to “take this ad down now”, while journalist Sonia Poulton accused it of “fascism”.

Others announced they would start shopping at Tesco because it would be free of anti-vaxxers.

ASA guidelines state that adverts should show “protective Covid-19 measures” where “relevant”, such as social distancing and face masks.

Tesco downplayed the scale of complaints and insisted that its marketing had been “well-received”.

In a statement to this publication, it said: “We respect everyone’s views and we know that Christmas is a hugely important time.

“We set out to create a campaign which took a light-hearted view on how the nation is feeling and it has been well-received by colleagues and customers.

“We are still in the midst of a pandemic and the advert reflects the current rules and regulations regarding international travel.”

According to government data, 46 million Britons have been double-jabbed against coronavirus.

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6 Comments. Leave new

  • So when people die from the side-effects of the ‘vaccines’, people can SUE tesco, right? See the Govt’s Yellow Card Scheme.

  • Omg, some people really do have too much time on their hands

  • Heavens above! Just how far will this woke ‘virus’ spread, it’s only an ad after all.
    Haven’t the ‘Wokers’ got anything better to do?
    The world has bigger problems than small minded individuals taking umbrage while the majority surely have a little bubble above their heads exclaiming ‘Get a life!’

    • Nothing to do with the woke crowd. Please look at what’s happening in Australia, Israel, Austria, its turning communist. Take time to research before posting instant first reaction thoughts. Be a grown adult and stand back look at the bigger picture. Who in their lives would have ever thought that world would be in such a state. People complaining about the add aren’t just against the passport they are people who have lost loved ones to covid and find a food chain profiting off the illness that took their loved one very disturbing

  • Storm in a teacup.


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