A Japanese airline is facing criticism for a commercial that many deem racist.
A new All Nippon Airways spot features two Japanese pilots talking about the company’s new service to Hanoi and Vancouver. One man asks the other if he wants to hug. Hugging in public is a no-no for Japanese men.
The first man suggests, “Let’s change the image of Japanese people.”
Cut to the second man … in a blond wig and large fake nose.
"Our intention was not to offend," ANA spokesman Ryosei Nomura told the Associated Press
last week. It has since been pulled off the air.
The bulk of the “that’s racist” chatter seems to be coming from the media itself, as it’s tough to find anyone who’s actually offended by the ad. On the company’s Facebook page, there are more “I don’t think that’s racist” messages (like this one
) than there are people criticizing the brand.
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Take a look at the commercial, and judge for yourself: