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'SKET' movie posters banned from London Underground

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Two posters for British film SKET, including one that asked David Cameron if he still wanted to "hug a hoodie", have today been banned from London Underground stations across the capital by Transport for London.

Advertisements for the film, a retribution thriller set in London focusing on violence committed against and by teenage females, have also been banned from publication in popular commuter newspaper Metro.

The first poster advert features the four female leading characters caught on CCTV above images of the prime minister, his deputy Nick Clegg, former Labour leader Gordon Brown and London mayor Boris Johnson, with the strap line: "Do you know these people? Wanted in connection with having broken Britain."

'Sket' Poster


The second poster depicts the female characters supposedly having just beaten Cameron to the floor with baseball bats, with the line: "So Mr Cameron... Do you still want to hug a hoodie?"

The latter 48-sheet poster, which refers to Cameron's famous comment in plans to tackle street crime and disturbance, will be posted on London's Old Street at 4pm today.

Street crime and violence have been major issues over the years, particularly in London, but the problems really came to the fore during the August riots that escalated across the UK, prompting the prime minister to say that he wanted to fix "broken Britain".

SKET, directed by newcomer Nirpal Bhogal and starring Ashley Walters and Lily Loveless, is scheduled for release today.

This is not the first time that Transport for London has taken the decision to ban a controversial advert from running on the Underground.

'Sket' Poster


Only last month, flyers promoting Lulu, Metallica's collaborative album with Lou Reed, were blocked from London subways and Tube stations because officials were concerned that the artwork was too close to "street graffiti".

In 2006, posters for the US TV series Sleeper Cell, featuring the slogan "America's latest hero is a Muslim straight out of jail", were banned from the London Underground because the word 'Muslim' was deemed to have the potential to offend.

Kamran Pasha, a writer on the show, told Total:spec magazine at the time: "From a practical perspective, whenever people protest or try to ban things, then they just give it more power.

"From a purely business perspective, the fact they banned the advertising in the UK just gave us more publicity. There were front page articles about the advertising being banned, so after that people who were probably not going to watch the show ended up watching it."

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