Iceland's 'banned' Christmas advert will absolutely break your heart

Publish Date
Monday, 12 November 2018, 10:30AM

A moving Christmas advertisement with a heartbreakingly important message has been banned.

Iceland’s animated short film – which was made in collaboration with Greenpeace - features a baby orangutan invading a little girl’s bedroom and focuses on how palm oil is destroying rainforests really pulls at the heartstrings.

Palm oil is often used in a lot of products such as chocolate and shampoos.

However, the advert has been banned from television in the UK for apparently breaching advertising rules for being too political.

"This was a film that Greenpeace made with a voice-over by Emma Thompson," said Malcolm Walker, Iceland’s founder. "We got permission to use it and take off the Greenpeace logo and use it as the Iceland Christmas ad. It would have blown the John Lewis ad out of the window. It was so emotional."

Although the clip won’t be shown on TV, the Say hello to Rang-tan video has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube since it was uploaded.