Hailee Steinfeld's Miu Miu ad deemed irresponsible, banned

Nov. 23, 2011 at 3:26 PM ET

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Shouldn't Hailee Steinfeld, the 14-year-old actress who played Mattie Ross in the 2010 movie "True Grit," know better than to sit on those unsafe railroad tracks?

By Verena von Pfetten, Styleite

The Miu Miu ad featuring Hailee Steinfeld crying on a railroad track has been banned, but why? She’s not underdressed, or even inappropriately dressed. Nor is she too skinny or clutching a flower-shaped perfume bottle to her private parts or posed in a compromising position.

Instead, the British Advertising Standards Authority (which appears to have some sort of banned ad quota they’re trying to meet by the end of the year) has pulled Miu Miu’s ad from circulation because it depicts a child in an unsafe position.

To their point, train tracks are not a particularly safe place to sit, but as Prada (Miu Miu’s parent company) notes, Steinfeld “could have easily moved from where she was sitting because she was not restrained in any way.”

Ugh, this is hard. They’re both such logical arguments.

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