Spotify 'Horror' Advert Banned For Being 'Too Scary' To Air

Lawrence Kim
October 19, 2018

This is probably just all some big marketing ploy to get you to voluntarily watch a Spotify ad but, hey, it's pretty scary-funny, so do what you want below!

The minute-long ad shows a bunch of young people living in a house together, starting their mornings with a "wake-up playlist" that includes Camila Cabello's "Havana"-a song that apparently yanks the aforementioned doll out of its own deep sleep and sets it off on what appears to be a killing spree".

Spotify have made a decision to remove a commercial from United Kingdom television after it was ruled as being "distressing" for young children who may watch it.

The Advertising Standards Authority didn't like the overall feel of the ad, especially when it comes to kids watching it. Every time they played it, a creepy doll would come to life and start to hunt them down. There's just one problem: a demonic-looking doll also loves the song.

But of course, after a parent complained that the ad upset their kids, the ASA looked into it and said, absolutely not.

Watchdogs ruled that Spotify's ad, which ran on Youtube in June this year, was "particularly likely to cause distress to children who saw it".

Spotify have since stated "We acknowledge the ruling from the ASA and regret any distress the ad may have caused the complainant" - which is surprisingly impersonal seeing as a three second clip of the doll shows it walking down the hallway with outstretched arms clearly drawing inspiration from Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street.

"In particular, the ad contained scenes that had tense sound effects and imagery similar to a horror film including the implied threat of violence", the ASA explained.

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