VW Super Bowl ad deemed racist, Taco Bell pulls their commercial VIDEOS
The ad is part of Volkswagen’s new “Get in. Get happy” campaign. New York Times columnist Charles Blow says it’s “like blackface with voices.”
VW’s ad is accused of being racist by some people for featuring a white guy who speaks in a Jamaican accent and tries to cheer up his co-workers. Mediapost.com’s Barbara Lippert said, “Didn’t anyone look at this? This is so racist. It’s just saying that black people are happy.”
In contrary, Taco Bell has pulled its ad ahead of the big football event. The ad, which says bringing a vegetable tray to a party is “like punting on fourth and one,” is deemed discouraging people from eating vegetables.
Insensitive to vegetable eaters?
“We didn’t want anyone to misinterpret the intent of the ad,” said Rob Poetsch, a Taco Bell spokesman. Representatives for the Center for Science in the Public responded to the decision, “We are delighted that Taco Bell is pulling an ad that urged people not to bring veggie trays to their Super Bowl parties, but to instead bring 12-packs of Taco Bell’s tacos.”
UPDATE: Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday