10 JAN 2019: Advertising watchdogs have ruled that an advertisment for Vilnius promoting the Lithuanian city as 'the G-spot of Europe' was 'risque' and 'sexually suggestive', but also light-hearted and humorous and unlikely to cause widespread offence.

The Advertising Standards Authority received a complaint that the advert was 'overtly sexual' and that the use of a woman in the advert was unrelated to the product, and therefore offensive.

The woman was photographed lying on a map of Europe, with her head tipped back and eyes closed, and she was gripping the material at the point where Vilnius was located. It was captioned, "Nobody knows where it is, but when they find it - it's amazing. Vilnius the G-spot of Europe."

Go Vilnius said the ad took a playful, attention-grabbing approach in order to introduce Vilnius as a destination that may not have previously been on the tourism radar.

They said the woman was relevant because she was clearly identifying the location of the city on the map.

Outdoor Plus, which displayed the ad, said they considered the ad was suitable in the medium because it clearly related to a tourist destination and it was unlikely children would understand the messaging in the creative.

The ASA said it found the ad 'risque' and 'sexually suggestive in tone', but it said it was 'light-hearted and humorous' because the woman appeared 'in a surreal and unrealistic scenario'.

"We considered the ad did not contain anything which pointed to an exploitative or degrading scenario or tone."

It added: "While we acknowledged that some might find the ad distasteful, we considered, for the above reasons, the ad did not objectify the female character and we concluded it was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence."


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