THIS IS SPINAL TAP, the legendary spoof rock and roll film, is at the centre of an investigation by the ADVERTISING STANDARDS AUTHORITY (ASA) over a poster campaign used to promote the film’s re-release, NME.COM can reveal.
Posters for the film, in cinema’s throughout the UK, have included the tagline ‘Bigger Than Jesus… Funny As Hell’ which has led to a flurry of incensed complaints from the Christian members of the public, who feel the line is blasphemous. The ASA launched a preliminary investigation at the end of last week (October 20) to decide whether or not the poster breached its code of conduct on taste and decency.
A spokesperson for the organisation told NME.COM that it was unclear at present how long the process will take saying the assessment depends on a host of variables and will be “as quick as the system will allow”.
Even if found to be in breach of the code, it is uncertain what form the censure against those responsible for the poster will face. They could be “asked to amend the poster, or maybe take down the ad if is still running,” said the ASA spokesperson.
However, a spokesperson for Spinal Tap was not taking the moral threat too seriously.
“In defence of any anti-Christian feelings from the band, bass player Derek Smalls has talked fondly in recent press interviews of his time with Christian rock band Lambsblood (who had an album hit with ‘Whole Lotta Lords’), playing the Monsters Of Jesus festival,” he said.
He added: “The line Bigger Than Jesus… Funny as Hell was intended to spoof the infamous John Lennon quote of the ’60s in the spirit of the film, which is a parody of the music industry.