Nissan cleared after complaints about Franz Ferdinand car advert

The band's track 'Evil Eye' is used on the promo for a Nissan Note

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A Nissan car advert has been cleared by the advertising watchdog after complaints about the use of a Franz Ferdinand track.

The band's song 'Evil Eye' features in an advert for Nissan Note.
The advertising Standards authority (ASA) received two complaints from viewers, claiming that the track was full of swear words. However, the ASA dismissed the complaints after Nissan said it had paid for a clean version of the song, which replaced the words "bastard" and "shit" with "basket" and "schtick" the Sunderland Echo reports.

"We considered that the words "basket" and "schtick" could clearly be made out and while viewers who were familiar with the original version of the song might mistake those lyrics for the swear words contained in the original version, it was unlikely that the viewers and particularly children would believe they had heard swear words and be offended," the ASA judgement observed.

The advert, which features a couple driving through a tunnel filled with ghosts, also received complaints that the lyric, "Don’t believe in God, but believe in this" was offensive to people who believed in God.

However, the ASA also refused to uphold this complaint, writing: "We appreciated that the lyric expressed a view that would be at odds with the beliefs of some people, but we acknowledged that there was nothing else in the ad's content to suggest criticism of religion or belief in God, and the lyric was given no prominence. We concluded that, given the context of the ad, the lyric was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence."

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