Topic: Race

Everyone's Angry at This Racist Chinese Ad, but It Says Something About America Too

Is Qiaobi too easy a target?

Every few months, a racially offensive advertisement emerges from Asia and makes the rounds in America, to howls of disgust. It's happened again this week, as a Chinese laundry detergent…

Old Navy Is Proud of This Family Photo Despite the Weekend Backlash From Racist Trolls

Retailer shrugs off haters

It's been almost three years since the infamous racist backlash to the Cheerios commercial with the interracial family, and brands are still getting heat when they broadcast images of diversity.…

Gap Has Apologized for This GapKids Ad, but Did It Need To?

Debate concerns the positioning of the black girl in the image

This GapKids ad, posted to Twitter on Saturday, ignited claims of passive racism from some viewers, who objected to what they characterized as a black girl being used as an…

Ad of the Day: People of Color Finally Get White Privilege on Demand With White Squad

MTV tackles race in an entertaining and pointed campaign

Thought provoking, exceptionally well executed and controversial, MTV's satirical "White Squad" is one of the best social-issues campaigns in recent memory. Part of the cable network's broader "Look Different" anti-prejudice initiative,…

Dunkin' Donuts Apologizes for Blackface Ad, but Not Everyone Is Sorry

'What's the big fuss?' asks the franchisee

Dunkin' Donuts in Thailand has just seen a 50 percent bump in sales on the heels of a new print, TV and Facebook ad campaign, and the CEO of the…

Why Cries of Racism Won't Sink Volkswagen's Super Bowl Ad

Deutsch spot still likely to air

For Volkswagen, one of the most celebrated Super Bowl advertisers of recent years, it's been a tough 24 hours. After the company released its 2013 Super Bowl spot (posted below)…

'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' Slammed for 'Bigger. Fatter. Gypsier' Ads

But U.K. show's campaign escapes censure

Britain's Advertising Standards Authority, which has killed advertisements based on single complaints in the past, gave a pass to Channel 4's "Bigger Fatter Gypsier" campaign for the TV program Big…

Student Ads Take Aim at Racist Halloween Costumes

'This is not who I am, and this is not okay'

Inappropriate Halloween costumes are par for the course these days. But one student group has created posters protesting costumes that play off racial and ethnic stereotypes, such as Mexican banditos…

Is Harmony Korine's New Fashion Ad Crazy Offensive, or Just Crazy?

Proenza Schouler spot has Native American theme

Some people are on the warpath about Harmony Korine's new branded short film "Snowballs," backing Native American-inspired fall clothing from fashion line Proenza Schouler. Adjectives used to describe the clip…

Nivea Apologizes for Wanting to 'Re-Civilize' Black Man

Draftfcb ad ran once, won't run again

Oh, those uncivilized black people—when will they get with the program? Perhaps they should try Nivea's grooming products! That's the message of the "Re-Civilize Yourself" Nivea ad above, as a…