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Posted by Robert
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7/8/2004 3:46:35 PM

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A British watchdog agency has cited an ad featuring hip-hop duo Outkast with a smoking gun as irresponsible, BBC reported Wednesday.

The Advertising Standards Authority upheld the complaint the ad was offensive and irresponsible because it glorified gun use, because the gun was smoking, implying that it had recently been fired, BBC said.

BMG, the record label responsible for the ad, which shows Andre 3000 holding a pink gun, said the poster was ironic.

A BMG spokesperson said Andre 3000 was one of the least likely to glorify violence and the poster was no more likely to provoke violence or anti-social behavior than marketing campaigns for Hollywood films, such as James Bond films, that feature guns or violence.

OutKast sparked controversy at last winter's Grammy Awards when Andre 3000 appeared on stage in Native American dress, resulting in a flood of racist complaints.

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