Advertisers shall not show occult practices; psychics are strictly entertainment

Media regulator [U.K.] spells out TV rules on ‘occult-related practices’

Guidance dealing with satanism, chicken bones and crystal balls is published by Ofcom in response to new wave of TV ads.

Rule 15.4 relates to “explicit prohibitions” on certain psychic practices.

“Television advertisements must not promote psychic practices or practices related to the occult,” said Ofcom. “Psychic and occult-related practices include ouija, satanism, casting of spells, palmistry, attempts to contact the dead, divination, clairvoyance, clairaudience, the invocation of spirits or demons and exorcism”.

Ofcom said the use of chicken bones, crystal balls, tea leaves and other props was “not in principle problematic” but said they should never be used to “imply a prohibited psychic practice or practice related to the occult”.

The media regulator said personalised astrology, horoscopes and tarot card readings were only acceptable if they were clearly labelled as “entertainment” and must never predict specific events, such as births, deaths, marriages – or new jobs.

Source: The Guardian

WHaaaAAA? I’m USAnian so I don’t get this. And I have no idea what it means, if it will be enforced or what the purpose is behind such a rule. Very interesting drawing of boundaries. Someone explain! Considering that some of these activities qualify as religious practices, it’s curious indeed.

Too bad this can’t translate to the real world where none of this stuff could be promoted as more than “entertainment”.