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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…

September 3, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

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)…

January 29, 2013, 1:01 PM EST

'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…

February 24, 2012, 3:52 PM EST

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…

October 26, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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…

October 20, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

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…

August 18, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

Clippers mistime ad for Black History Month

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is being taken to the woodshed for celebrating Black History Month during the team's home game tonight against Houston Rockets. February is Black History…

March 2, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

This year's most offensive MLK Day sale ad

Where do you start with this one? A surf shop in Laguna Beach, Calif., is in trouble for this sale ad celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day earlier this week.…

January 20, 2011, 6:09 PM EST

Utah hates Jared Hess's Utah State Fair ads

Utah thought it wanted Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess to create its advertising for the Utah State Fair—until it saw the finished product. Two TV spots showing actor Markus T.…

September 15, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

Are Ranjit and Chad endearing or offensive?

Texas-based Metro PCS continues to roll out its "Tech and Talk with Ranjit and Chad" campaign, despite complaints that the ads are offensive to the Indian community. Bob Fant,…

March 11, 2010, 10:43 AM EST

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