ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

It's always a shame when censorship obstructs our free right to view content, especially so when the commercials that get banned are always so damn good!

With companies pouring millions of dollars into creating attention-grabbing Superbowl ads, you're bound to get a few wacky ideas thrown in there. Vegetable porn? Check. Oven-cooked cats? Check. Extreme profanity? Yep, we've got that too. TV networks may have refused to air these 'offensive' videos, but they didn't count on one glorious thing: the internet.

So, here are the six most controversial Superbowl commercials deemed too hot for TV!

1 - 'Pleasure Without Consequence' - Durex

Year: 2012

Why it was banned: Well, watch it and you'll quickly find out. Apart from the fact it features a kitten being roasted in an oven, this risqué ad also suggests you're likely to give birth to a twisted serial killer if you don't use condoms. That sure sounds like scare tactics to me.

To be honest, I actually found the video kind of funny, though I'm equally unsurprised it didn't air.

2 - 'Swear Jar' - Bud Light

Year: 2007

Why it was banned: As you can probably guess from its title, this commercial is pretty foul mouthed. Although every expletive has been beeped out, it's not hard to fill in the profanity-filled gaps and thus was banned from being aired.

I think it's a tragedy that this hilariously inventive commercial never saw the light of day - it's genius! Again, it's up to the internet to preserve our right to view quality content. Make sure you exercise it.

3 - 'Sorry, Coke and Pepsi' - SodaStream

Year: 2014

Why it was banned: Four words - "Sorry, Coke and Pepsi." Yep, it was Scarlett Johansson's parting taunt to the beverage conglomerates that landed her in hot soda.

The network reportedly asked SodaStream to cut the last line as market rivals Pepsi had sponsored the Superbowl halftime show. SodaStream Chief Executive Daniel Birnbaum was outraged by the ban, telling USA Today that

They're afraid of Coke and Pepsi. This is the kind of stuff that happens in China. I'm disappointed as an American.

The little guy gets strong-armed by the corporate bully, yet again.

4 - 'Jesus Hates Obama' -

Year: 2011

Why it was banned: This ad's inflammatory title pretty much tells the whole story. Apparently, this wasn't a message the American people were up to stomaching. Fox's vice president for broadcast standards, Ruth Levenson, said it was "not acceptable to air on FOX."

Richard Belfry, who owns the conservative comedy site that commissioned the ad, claimed it was simply a joke:

Do I really believe that Jesus hates Obama? Absolutely not.

It seems Fox wasn't laughing at all.

5 - 'Veggie love' - PETA

Year: 2009

Why it was banned: PETA is never one to shy away from controversy when it comes to getting their message across, and this saucy pro-veggie sex-bomb of an ad was no different.

NBC said that the video of scantily clad women getting 'intimate' with various vegetables:

Depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards.

Perhaps they were just jealous of the claim that "Vegetarians Have Better Sex"!

6 - 'Man Crunch' -

Year: 2010

Why it was banned: Even though it showed little more than two men kissing, CBS rejected this commercial for a gay dating website on the grounds that it:

is not within the Network's Broadcast Standards for Super Bowl Sunday.

That makes less than no sense to me. Are they saying that Super Bowl Sunday is a homophobic show? It sure sounds that way to me. It's quite simply unacceptable that this kind of discrimination persists to this day. Sort it out, CBS.


Which was your favorite ad?


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