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[UPDATE] Should this video be banned?

UPDATE September 12: have today challenged the Commonwealth Bank to settle the dispute around our parody ad by participating in a CANCAN dance off next Tuesday! View the ad below:

After kicking up a stink, the ads were removed from the social media platforms, but CAN they really do that?

We aren’t sure if they CAN, so the only way to settle this fairly is to have a winner takes all CANCAN dance off.

If the Commonwealth Bank win the fance off, will agree to delete the parody ad, post the original ‘Ode to Can’ ad on its homepage for 24 hours and donate $50,000 to a charity of the Commonwealth Bank’s choice.

“We had a great response to our spoof ad and we think people should be able to see it online and have a laugh. A cancan dance off is a pretty fun way to settle our disagreement, but whether the Commonwealth Bank CAN step up to the challenge remains to be seen!” said’s Shaun Anderson.

The challenge has been set to take place on Tuesday 18th September at a location of the choice of the Commonwealth Bank.

CAN the Commonwealth Bank find the courage to accept the CANCAN challenge?

To formalise the challenge, have placed full page ads in several of Australia’s largest daily newspapers, and have organised for the cancan dancers to perform in front of the Commonwealth Bank at 385 Bourke St, Melbourne at 10am Wednesday 12th September.

Your turn!
What do you think? Do you think our parody of the Commonwealth Bank ad should be banned?

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  • Barbara

    It seems like Commonwealth Bank CAN’T after all!

  • nayfo

    screw comm bank they CANT do that, they need to lighten up what a….”bunch of CANT’s”

  • Wayne Kerr

    You would think that the commonwealth bank has had enough publicity recently with the news on a current affair/today tonight.. and yet here we go again! Is this bank british? cause f**k me they whinge like poms! It’s pretty obviously these guys haven’t seen or even been near a four letter word starting with c and ending in UNT for a long time! The video in itself should be allowed, couldn’t see it on air tho.. maybe 6 hours before it was dropped haha! But nice work guys, and a message to the Commbank! Shut the F**K up and get a sense of humour u boring 70 year old pack of C**TS!

  • lance yu

    Dear CBA, it’s called parody!

    This is from the bank that made an olympic CANT commercial about suicide bombers in London. Hello hypocrisy!

  • Hareeba

    Damn Sportsbet.
    I’d prefer they ensure that all punters CAN bet with them rather than being permitted to tell us we CAN’T bet more than a peanuts and then spending so much money falsely pumping up their own tyres.

  • Punter

    Hey Sportsbet.. you and The Sandringham Hotel in Newtown NSW should join forces and turn the tides on these CANcerous bankers!

  • Mark

    Perfect. Australian. Hilarious. If it wasn’t a scummy company preying on people with an addiction i would love it.

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  • Doobz

    Isn’t there a law stating that one can use others material in parody. The dude who did all the angry alf vids has something about that in the description of one of his videos on youtube

    • nick

      Don’t think it applies due to the financial gain

  • Pete

    I’m not easily shocked or offended but I think this advertisement should not be shown. It’s not the “insinuation” that offends me but the really lazy ‘idea’ that they are using the Commonwealth Bank as a muse. NBG fellas!


    is the girl in the advert a big time punter? i think the ad is just a funny copy of commonwealth ad and don’t understand how come it was banned, the people who banned this ad must be a bunch of runts hey,lol.


      what is the deal with the shine on the lips,lol ?

  • ant

    How does it get you more punters? I don’t see it? Let me take over your advertising and product offerings… need some help gentlemen.

  • Matthew

    Love the ad. Surely Commbank CAN see the funny side….go on put it on the tele. If there’s a banklash we will all flood the Commbank call centre :) What about a bit of humour eh Commbank!

  • Alex

    I dont think it should be banned but by the same token it isnt your best work (high standards to keep up) i still had a little chuckle.
    ps obviously if you get it through you have to make a whole series of ads perhaps taking off more com bank ads or even better try one about each of the big 4 (the old ANZ we live in your world not bank world and the NAB the other banks dont like us would be really easy dont know about wespac though.

  • Clay

    What a silly punt!

  • DunIda

    Stick up for yourselves Sportsbet. It’s a funny parody. Those who complain are just self-righteous whingers and wimps.

  • Harry

    This is a terrific ad! I love it.. i think people need to get over themselves and just have a laugh every now and then… Good on ya sportsbet!

  • Cian

    Mate Commonwealth bank should be banned not this ad. They made 7 billion profit of the aussie punter recently. Screw them !

  • Aussie Punter

    The world needs to take itself less seriously and learn to take a joke.

  • Tony

    Stupid… how old are you guys… twelve???

  • Peter McKay

    Not sure it was even one of their old ads but …….”tell em it’s your ad Ralph”

  • the waanderer

    haha love it, good work

  • Jeff

    i wish the commonwealth bank were as quick to drop interest rates as they were to sulk over this commercial

    • Peter McKay

      Drop interest rates you mad CANT do that mate

  • Mick Dawson

    Stick it to the man & stuff political correctness!!!! Clever ad, I always thought that Sportsbet had tacky commercials but this one is bloody good and bugger the Commonwealth bank and what they think. BTW, lets see more of the pretty woman, she is a sweetie!

  • jason

    those bankers are a bunch of cant’s

  • Nathan

    I think she’s hot and you guys should give me a $10 freebet cheers

  • Neil

    I love the Sportsbet ads – all of them, and this one takes the cake – sure it may offend a moral minority, but whats up with the Bank? I say go for it Sportsbet and “stick it CBA” – Stick your CAN up your…..whatever……:)

    • Peter

      Seems most people think the ad is being challenged because of its offensiveness. Its not. It also hasn’t been ‘banned’ despite what SB suggest. Its just that SB is using another companies intellectual property to try make money for itself. Little wonder they’ve been asked to remove it.

      • mark

        Since when is a poem that gives a “nod” to another’s work someone’s intellectual property. Reminds me very much of the way Cadbury went after Darrel Lee for having the temerity to use the color purple in the their advertising on the basis that Cadbury is synonymous with purple. Just as well Pura don’t want to advertise their product as being more than a glass and a half of milk I guess.
        On a more serious note, given the original poem is NOT owned by CBA but simply used by them in their advertising, I cannot see how they could possibly object to someone else making a parody of their ad by using a variation on that same poem. Could it simply be that they feel they CAN because they have more weight to throw around??

  • Fred

    I don’t see the issue. If you change the first letter in punt, you get Aunt. Cearly CBA are anti-family if they have a problem with Aunts. I know some aunts are post menopausal which makes them hairy but that’s still no reason to dislike them. Come on CBA, give hairy aunts a fair go

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  • Ron

    Not a chance!!! PUNT on baby!!

  • tony

    I really think its clever, I love it, keep the humour coming in your adds.

  • bernardo

    That’s the last straw with political correctness and this namby pamby world we live in at the moment………I think I’ll gravitate back to the 60′s & 70′s smoke dope and stop the world because I want to get off….Byron Bay sounds inviting!!

  • Neil

    They are kidding… If CBA think that its similar, and they think that most people will think its a take off, it will make people take more notice of the CBA ad when it comes on. They are getting a free hit from a Sportsbet ad. Maybe they should stick to something they are NOT that good at…. like banking.

  • Geoff

    It’s actually not even that similar to the CBA’s stupid CAN’T adverts anyway… It’s much better GO SPORTSBET!!! Tell the Bank to get stuffed..

  • Thomas P. Culver

    Great ad!!!

  • Paul Shanahan

    I agree with Bill. Things must be going really well in bank world if this is all there got to worry about.

  • http://Sportsbet Matt

    What gives the CBA use of the word CANT, its not even similar, we are PUNT. Bloody banks, what was the profit those PRICKS just announced, get over it, this ad is brilliant

  • Bill Coussens

    It’s just a humorous and slightly risque take off of the CBA advert and should be left for those with a sense of humour to enjoy.