Defiant GPA to appeal ASA ruling
It appears we were a bit hasty in condemning the Gay Police association for failing to supply evidence to the ASA for their 74% increase in homophobic attacks claim.
Kevin Boyle of the GPA told Pink News:
The GPA never refused to supply any material, we made it clear to the ASA that as there was a criminal investigation underway so we could not supply the material.
So what did the ASA think they were doing passing judgement before they had received all the evidence? The one judgement that seemed unequivocally correct turns out to have been totally unjustified in the circumstances.
The GPA are also openly defying the ASA instruction “to ensure future campaigns were not presented in a way that could cause undue offence and also [...] that they should ensure the use of imagery did not send misleading messages to consumers”.
Mr Boyle’s response to that:
We are certainly not going to abide by the ruling that we should make sure our adverts do not offend people, one persons idea of offence is another’s idea of freedom of expression.
Give that officer a medal!