Top Ten Most Unpopular Adverts Ever Revealed
A KFC advert showing people singing with their mouths full is the most complained-about UK campaign ever.
The 2005 commercial resulted in a record 1,671 complaints - the majority saying it could encourage bad manners among children, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said.
But the watchdog rejected all the complaints, ruling that although it was "not to everyone's taste", it was unlikely to change children's behaviour or undermine parents' authority.
The second-highest amount of complaints were for the Auction World television shopping channel.
Viewers objected to poor customer service, misleading guide prices and delivery delays.
The channel was fined and had its broadcasting licence revoked by Ofcom as a result.
Paddy Power's 2010 advert, which shows a cat being kicked across a football pitch by a blindfolded player, was the third most unpopular advert.
It was complained about 1,313 times, with viewers saying it was offensive to blind people and could encourage animal cruelty.
The 10 most controversial adverts have been revealed by the ASA as it celebrates its 50th birthday - during which time it has dealt with around 431,000 complaints.
A Christian Party commercial from 2009, which has the strap line: "There definitely is a God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life" was complained about 1,204 times.
The viewers objected that it was offensive to atheists and could not be substantiated, but the ASA didn't act as it does not regulate political party adverts.
The British Safety Council produced the fifth most unpopular ad which shows the Pope wearing a hard hat with the strap line "The Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt always wear a condom" to raise awareness for National Condom Week.
The watchdog agreed with the 1,192 people who complained that it was offensive to Roman Catholics.
There were complaints from 1,088 people that a Marie Stopes International ad from 2010 promoted abortion.
And the 1,070 complaints about a 2008 Volkswagen ad showing an engineer fighting multiple versions of himself resulted in a post-9pm restriction.
The ASA ruled that a 2000 Yves St Laurent Beaute advert, which features the model Sophie Dahl naked, was sexually suggestive and likely to cause offence, after 948 complaints.
While a Department of Energy and Climate Change campaign about climate change from 2010 resulted in 939 complaints that it was misleading and scaremongering.
The tenth most unpopular ad was one for Barnardo's in 2008, which 840 viewers said was upsetting because of scenes of violence and drug taking.
The ASA's chairman, Lord Smith of Finsbury, said the adverts "certainly reveal what gets the public talking."
But he added: "What is even more important is the less glamorous day-to-day action we take to protect consumers from misleading advertising.
"Our commitment for the next 50 years will be the same as for the last: to keep UK ads legal, decent, honest and truthful. We're up for the task."