Top 5 Banned Super Bowl commercials

Jan 22, 2010 at 5:36 p.m. ET

Some of the most memorable commercials are first seen during the Super Bowl broadcast, creating a lot of hype and awareness about name brands and giving fans some water cooler fodder for the next day at work. But what about those commercials we never see? Here are five Super Bowl commercials that were banned because they were deemed too hot for TV. Wardrobe malfunction, anyone?

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These commercials are banned because they are deemed too controversial for national television. The question is what becomes of those commercials? Are they archived in some big office and never viewed again? Luckily, that’s not the case and that’s where the Internet is a lifesaver. We searched high and low and found our Top 5 most controversial Super Bowl commercials (Viewer discretion is advised). Super Bowl XXXIX

The grand dadddy of all banned commecials, this banned commercial played off of the legal proceedings of the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” Super Bowl incident from the previous year. Although the commercial was funny, it didn’t quite make the cut for national television. From that point forward, has pushed the envelope to such a degree, that most commercials are refused for airtime by the network. In 2006, the company submitted 14 commercials, and they were all turn down. Every commercial submitted seemed to be more provocative than the last, earning the sexy commercials to be identified as GoDaddy-Esque.

Snickers Super Bowl XLI

What would you do for a Snickers bar? Apparently a lot, judging from the scenes in this banned Snickers Super Bowl commercial. The smell of chocolate wafting in your face must be too much to handle. At least that’s the case for this mechanic who starts chomping on his buddy’s Snickers bar while it is still in his mouth. The commercial became controversial when the two end up in a kiss and immediately freak out and try to do something “manly” to redeem themselves. The Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation complained that the commercial was “anti-homosexual,” leading the company to remove every aspect of the campaign.

Bud Light Super Bowl XLII

Budweiser commercials are some of the most memorable. This banned Budweiser Super Bowl commercial was deemed too controversial, although many don’t have any clue why it was banned from the Super Bowl commercials line up. The commercial does have a lot of bodily function innuendos, but it’s not harmful. We bet that if this commercial was aired it definitely would have been one of the funniest commercials of the decade!

Axe Super Bowl XLIII

We wonder what’s in those Axe products because it seems that it has a way of putting women into a spell. This banned Axe Super Bowl commercial was seen as offensive because of the nudity. The women in the commercial seem so cool and collected while copying their “aerobics instructor.” Honestly who pays to take aerobic lessons by a naked guy covered in soap suds that falls out of the ceiling? Well, maybe we would.


PETA has done it again! With racy scenes featuring sexy models in lingerie getting it on with various kinds of vegetables, this banned PETA Super Bowl commercial was deemed too hot for TV. Wait, vegetables? Yes, vegetables! PETA made this commercial in support of people going vegetarian, claiming that “Vegetarians have better sex.” Apparently, NBC didn’t think this commercial was suitable for television stating, “It depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards.” Um, have you seen the NFL cheerleaders?

These commercials have definitely proved to be clever. They walk the line between funny and offensive, and since there are countless kids gathered around the Super Bowl, too, we're glad the networks are practicing some self-censorship. And to be honest, we're glad these ads live on in Internet infamy so we can catch them after the kiddos are in bed!

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