Sick 'kids in the fridge' advert horror.
A SICK campaign for a soft drink aimed at children was at the centre of a safety storm last night.
The graphic advertisement shows five youngsters with their faces contorted con·tort·ed
1. Twisted or strained out of shape.
2. Botany Twisted, bent, or partially rolled upon itself; convolute.
con·tort from being pressed against a flat surface.
The slogan reads: "How many kids can you get in your fridge?"
The ad for Tizer Ice is targeted at shopkeepers in the run-up to a multi-million pound TV campaign.
But last night safety experts said the chilling theme could lead to tragedy.
Nine years ago, three little brothers - aged six, four and three - suffocated to death after becoming trapped inside a disused disused
no longer used
Adj. 1. disused - no longer in use; "obsolete words"
noncurrent - not current or belonging to the present time
disused adj freezer as they played in the yard of their home in the Midlands.
The makers of Tizer Ice say the kids-in-the-fridge ad is intended to be humorous.
The grisly gris·ly
adj. gris·li·er, gris·li·est
Inspiring repugnance; gruesome. See Synonyms at ghastly.
[Middle English grisli, from Old English grisl image, they added, would not be used on TV.
Tizer Ice is made by Barr Soft Drinks, Britain's third-largest soft drinks company, which has a distribution depot at Wednesbury in the Black Country.
The firm, which also makes traditional Tizer, Irn Bru and Orangina, has an annual turnover of more than pounds 100 million and it says Tizer Ice is aimed at teenagers.
The kids-in-the-fridge ad appears in colour on the front page of The Grocer magazine - the "bible" for shopkeepers and the retail trade.
It shows four boys and a girl with their faces and hands pressed against a pane of glass, with the slogan: "How many kids can you get in your fridge?"
The ad answers its own question with the words: "As many as you want after our new TV campaign.
"The ads burst on to your screen this summer on ITV (1) See interactive TV.
(2) (iTV) The code name for Apple's video media hub (see Apple TV). , Channel 4, cable and satellite. So whatever you put in your fridge, make sure it's Tizer Ice."
Last night, David Jenkins David Jenkins may refer to:
"We know of cases where children have died after being trapped in fridges and it is not good practice to illustrate something which has resulted in fatalities.
"We would be gravely concerned if this image were to be made more widely available."
In March 1990, three boys - Benjamin Dovey, six, his brother Nicky, four, and their half-brother Ryan Broome, three - died after climbing into an abandoned freezer at their home in Clee Hill, near Ludlow, Shropshire.
The freezer, dumped in a horsebox horsebox
Brit, S Africa, NZ, & Austral a van or trailer used for transporting horses
Noun 1. horsebox - a conveyance (railroad car or trailer) for transporting racehorses in the yard of the family's smallholding smallholding
a piece of agricultural land smaller than a farm
Noun 1. smallholding - a piece of land under 50 acres that is sold or let to someone for cultivation , was an old model with an outside catch which made it impossible to open from the inside.
The boys' tiny huddled bodies were found following a massive search of the surrounding countryside after it was realised they had gone missing.
The inquest heard that fingerprints and boot marks discovered inside the freezer showed the youngsters had frantically tried to claw and kick their way out of the make-shift tomb.
Last night, The Rev Vic Roberts, who helped to conduct the funeral service funeral service n → misa de cuerpo presente
funeral service n → service m funèbre
funeral service funeral n on the boys, said: "This awful tragedy is still etched etch
v. etched, etch·ing, etch·es
a. To cut into the surface of (glass, for example) by the action of acid.
b. on my mind nearly 10 years later. I never want to see three little coffins being brought into my church ever again.
"This soft drinks advertisement would bring back very painful memories for anyone who has lost a child in such circumstances."
At his home yesterday, little Ryan's father, Derek Broome, aged 54, was clearly distressed when asked for his comment by the Sunday Mercury Sunday Mercury is a Sunday newspaper published in Birmingham, UK. A tabloid, with a sensationalist streak, it is owned by Trinity Mirror and produced in the same newsroom as The Birmingham Post and The Evening Mail. References
Struggling to compose himself, he said: "How could they do that? It's terrible. I don't want to say any more."
Edna Cunningham, for Barrs Soft Drinks, said: "This is a trade advertisement and will not be used in the TV campaign which is still being finalised.
"The Grocer is very unlikely to fall into the hands of children. The ad is intended to be humorous."