Obama Monkey Ad Pulled

Japanese mobile phone firm eMobile bowed to pressure recently and pulled an advert which critics lambasted as a racist attack on Obama, since it featured a monkey in a suit engaged in crowd wooing oratory, and calling for “Change”. Image from FG.

Japanese mobile phone firm eMobile bowed to pressure recently and pulled an advert which critics lambasted as a racist attack on Obama, since it featured a monkey in a suit engaged in crowd wooing oratory, and calling for “Change”. The firm for its part denies the accusations, but has ceased the offending campaign anyway. In their defence, they state they had earlier employed the macaque motif in other campaigns.

Full report at rag Guardian. It may be interesting to note that hardly a whiff of this story has appeared in the Japanese media, or even on 2ch to my knowledge. Comes to my attention via FG.

Insensitive, or oversensitive?

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