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Ringtone Frog’s Genitals Deemed OK for British TV

Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

Well that’s one heck of an original headline from Reuters.

The story is even more intriguing:

Television adverts of the motorcycle-riding Crazy Frog, who is drawn with a broad smile and a tiny penis, run frequently on British television, amusing, baffling and annoying viewers.

I’ve not seen that advert much, but I have caught it a couple of times and I’ve never noticed a penis. So, in an effort to discover whether or not this was a hoax, I sought out a still image. And from this, it appears that the frog really does have his bits out.

Apparently,

Twenty-two people complained they were worried children might see the advertising, which also promotes screen savers and mobile videos. Five parents said they were embarrassed by questions their children had asked.

I have to say I’m surprised that so many people were moved to complain. But luckily, it would appear that there’s no problem with frogs genitalia being shown:

“While unusual for an animated model of this type to be shown with genitalia, no sexual or inappropriate references were made about its anatomy,” the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority said.

So there we go. And I bet there aren’t many websites out there where a frog’s bits and the Pope feature on the same page.

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Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    12.59, 20/05/2005

Good news for the people who complained… the latest ads have the genitals censored with a big black box.


Comment from NICKI


    15.38, 22/05/2005

I think that the crazy frog is a brilliant ringtone and screensavers i dont know why people are complaining about,my 6 month cousin laughs at the crazy frog ringtones please reply to me and tell me what you think about what we wrote nicki


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    22.09, 22/05/2005

I think you’re perfectly entitled to your opinion – but I personally find the ringtones incredibly annoying.


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