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|作者：英语点津 文章来源：China Daily 点击数：53 更新时间：2017/4/26|
Pepsi apologised and pulled the ad after accusations. But it wasn't the only company copping flak for poor creativity.
German skincare brand Nivea also said sorry over its "white is purity" deodorant advert that was deemed discriminatory and racially insensitive.
Meanwhile, in the UK, the Co-op supermarket was accused of "outrageous sexism" in an advert for chocolate Easter eggs that encouraged parents to "treat your daughter for doing the washing up", while Cadbury was criticised after dropping the word "Easter" from its egg hunts.
These campaigns have now taken their place in the pantheon of bad advertising. Here are a few more picks from recent memory.
Here's another one that left a sour taste. The Snickers TV advert featuring Mr T as BA Baracus from The A-Team was pulled after it was accused of being insulting to gay men.
Mr T is shown firing Snickers chocolate bars at a man who's speed walking in tight yellow shorts, while yelling, "You are a disgrace to the man race. It's time to run like a real man."
Confectionery giant Mars, which owns Snickers, released a statement saying the advert was intended to be funny but that "humour is highly subjective".
In the US and most of the West, this poster would have caused outrage and accusations of racism.
But in Thailand, an image of a woman in blackface and bright pink lipstick to promote a new "charcoal donut" wasn't deemed a big deal.
The chief executive of the Thai franchise - whose daughter was the model - reportedly said at the time: "I don't get it. What's the big fuss? What if the product was white and I painted someone white, would that be racist?" But a spokesman for Dunkin' Brands apologised.
The use of blackface - which historically was used by non-black performers to represent a black person - is still used in some Asian countries. Last year, a company in China used it to promote a laundry detergent.
The US carmaker was forced to issue an apology over a poster that featured three gagged and bound women in the boot of a car.
It also showed former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the driver's seat grinning and flashing the peace sign.
The advert for Ford's new Fido hatchback was posted online soon after India passed a new law on violence against women following a fatal gang rape.
Singapore's 'own goal'
This anti-gambling advert deserves to be ranked in the Hall of Fame (or shame) for the amount of jokes it generated.
It was released to coincide with the 2014 World Cup and featured a boy complaining to friends that his dad had bet his life savings on Germany winning. The trouble is... Germany won.
Singapore officials updated the ad but not before it got lampooned around the world.
French faux pas
It takes quite a lot to shock in France, a country many consider to be one of the most liberal in Europe.
But a 2010 anti-smoking advertisement featuring teenagers and sex innuendos did just that, with one minister calling it an "outrage to decency".
Critics said the highly suggestive pictures trivialised the sexual abuse of minors.
Thankfully we've since moved on to pictures of diseased organs to put people off smoking instead.
There wasn't any cheering when the US department store Bloomingdale's released its Christmas catalogue two years ago.
The photo of an attractive, well-dressed woman being eyeballed by an unsmiling man looked innocent enough...
Until you read the creepy caption that said "spike your best friend's eggnog when they're not looking".
The online backlash was swift with many interpreting it as supporting date rape. Bloomingdale's admitted the ad was "in poor taste".
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