The Advertising Standards Authority has banned a radio advert for Reed Recruitment which implied that all Germans are “tyrranical”. The ad features a man speaking to his boss who, according to a report in the Guardian, responded in German in “loud, staccato bursts evocative of the speeches of Adolf Hitler”. The voice was described by the ASA as that of a generic “German-sounding orator”. They stated:
“We concluded that, given the extreme reaction and aggressive tone of the German-speaking boss, the ad reinforced a negative and outdated cultural stereotype of German people as overpowering and tyrannical and therefore the ad had the potential to cause serious offence to some listeners”.
You can judge for yourself by listening to the ad here.