In a world where even the most innocuous decisions can ignite controversy, one company finds itself in hot water for a seemingly innocent choice: featuring a happy, white heterosexual couple in a TV advert. Yes, you read that right.

The advert, which showcased a couple enjoying their new kitchen appliances, was meant to highlight the joys of modern living. However, it quickly became a lightning rod for criticism from those who felt the representation was, well, too representative.

“It’s 2024, and we’re still seeing adverts with happy, white couples? It’s as if the company wants to turn back the clock!” exclaimed one social media user, who clearly has never been to a family gathering in the last few decades.

OFCOM, the UK’s communications regulator, didn’t hold back in its response. “This severe lapse of judgement cannot ever happen again,” they declared, seemingly implying that happiness and heterosexuality are now off-limits for advertising.

In a bid to rectify the situation, the company has promised to diversify its adverts by featuring a range of couples, including unhappy ones, couples of various ethnic backgrounds arguing over assembly instructions, and even pets enjoying the new appliances (because who doesn’t love a good cat video?).

The controversy has sparked a broader debate about representation in advertising. Critics argue that adverts should reflect the diverse tapestry of modern society, while others question whether every commercial break needs to be a lesson in social studies.

As the dust settles, one thing is clear: the road to a more inclusive advertising landscape is paved with good intentions – and a healthy dose of satire.