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The ethics commission of Bulgaria's National Council for Self-regulation in Advertising has "suggested" that Penthouse pull a billboard ad campaign featuring the rather cunning stunt of making an eye look like, well, have a look here... The Orgasm vodka bottle, shaped like a penis According to local daily Dnevnik, one …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is this the same Bulgaria...

    ...that has permanent floor shows in any hotel with a western clientele? And a surfeit of young ladies propping up the bars of said hotels?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    Any idea where we can get the vodka??

    It would be a smash hit at Hen parties!!!!

    Paris obviously isn't allowed near the stuff!!!

  3. Mike Thompson

    Gratitous humor...

    I'd rather have that bottle in front a me than a frontal lobotomy! Ta.

  4. Phil Tanner
    Paris Hilton

    It's only obscene

    If you know already what it's meant to represent and see that. Otherwise it's just an eye. So surely, the obscenity is in the eye of the beholder, not the advert??

    1. Annihilator
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      Much like the classic dolphins/shagging couple pic.

      From what I remember, youthful minds see dolphins, adults see something else entirely. I'd say that eye advert is perfectly acceptable.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        obviously a pervert

        i'm obviously a deviant sex pervert...all I could see was a couple shagging ... had to doa bit of web research to discover the dolphins. all 9 of them. now i can see a couple shagging whilst being slapped around by wet mammals.... mmmm. ;-)

      2. El Richard Thomas

        Took me ages... spot the dolphins!

  5. Sampler

    Redness and sore

    do they have pink eye?

  6. Elmer Phud

    Open your eyes?

    So what #@*t thought that a sideways glance was actually something else winking at him?

    Not that I'd endorse the Hefner Empire but it's an advertising campaign that hit the (G) spot and got them excited. Probably worth more than the inital cost of the advert.

  7. Scott 19


    Wink, wink, nudge, nudge i know what that looks like.

    I've seen it before somewhere.

    Eye think its quite clever though.

  8. Chris Miller

    "cunning stunt"

    This is why I love ElReg.

  9. Your Handle, my Handle, it's all good

    In fairness ...

    ... that billboard is pretty close to the bone ...

    ... yeah I know, mines the one with the bottle of vodka in the pocket

  10. william henderson 1
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    that is a side stick controller from an f22??

  11. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
    Paris Hilton

    Yes, but...

    What's the Paris Hilton angle on all this....

  12. scottboy

    Stick it to them

    They should ban the ad. That would be one in the eye for Playboy.

  13. LuMan
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    Hog's Eye?

    Just read the linked article:

    "The Penthouse advert in question shows an eye depicted in vertical position, which could be confused with a vagina."

    Now I've been involved in drunken sex before, but THAT has got to hurt.... Reminds me of the 'Prick Up Your Ears' eposide of Family Guy.

  14. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge


    That billboard is just brilliant, a classic case of French Connection. Made me laugh anyway.

    Now if only the ethics police would take an interest in the 2012 Olympic 'blowjob' Logo.

  15. Is it Friday yet?

    Wot..No Title?

    Penthouse /= Playboy...

    Two different companies...

  16. Anonymous Coward
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    Well done to Penthouse for such a smash hit billboard. I for one have emailed the link to about 100 people (yes, who cares about the load on corporate IT systems).

    For the cost of a crappy billboard in some eastern european rightwing, over moralising, doublestandards-infested flea pit, they have world wide coverage.

    Brilliance. +1 to that ad agency.

    (now might print a copy of the advert and go to the toilet)

  17. Eddy Ito
    Paris Hilton

    Interesting mascara

    It must be Brazilian.

    It seems Paris must have something in her eye.

  18. Bloodymirova


    We were discussing this the other day (I am from Bulgaria) and I think the fuss they are making is ridiculous. It's not like there haven't been worse cases than this, for example, a chalga singer evidently not wearing panties in a video, so I'm just wondering how these people pick out their battles.

    Anyway, I think the Penthouse ad is pretty creative.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Paris Hilton

      no piccies? it didn't happen then

      Come on now, out with the link to that video!

  19. Kevin Reader
    Dead Vulture

    Oh poor poor Moderitrix

    Most of Lester's recent stories appear designed purely to increase the level of stress and degradation to which the lovely Miss Bee is exposed. This seems unfair and I suggest that she deal very firmly with him.

    Penthouse, Kiddy Bra, Donkey, shudder.

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  21. Graham Bartlett

    Now that...

    ... is a cunning stunt!

  22. James O'Brien


    This should make the school network admins have a few fits if they go through the logs for bad bad things. Nice vodka bottle though :P

  23. Anonymous Coward
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  24. Uplink
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    They can fix it

    They should change the poster and display a vagina that pretends to be an eye (i.e. in horizontal position). They could draw a pair of glasses on top, just to confuse people even more. That should teach them.

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