Outrage obviously followed, and Pizza Hut quickly backed down, offering the standard apology with a promise that mocking political demonstrators did not "reflect the values of our brand." Then they encouraged everybody to Occupy Wing Street and it all started up again.
Dove Makes Throwback Ads ... That Throw Back To Racism
Back in the day, soap companies used to advertise that they were powerful enough to scrub the melanin off black people, but we got off that whole kick sometime around the Civil Rights Movement.
Pears Soap"Buy all Pears KKKleaning products today!"
Then Dove decided that it was time for a retro ad campaign, which was fine, and made it about celebrating the superior cleanliness of white people, which was less fine. They created this Facebook ad, which should have died about three seconds into peer review:
Dove"We don't think you got the joke. It's because black people are like dirt, you see?" -- a multi-billion-dollar company's ad department
After the inevitable complaints, Dove issued an apology, saying they'd "missed the mark in representing women of color thoughtfully." Which is a little like saying you "missed the mark in representing Christianity thoughtfully" after burning a cross on somebody's lawn.
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