Dunkin’ Donuts apologizes for Thailand franchisee’s blackface ad

The ad, for a new product called a ‘charcoal donut,’ depicts a woman painted completely black except for her lips.

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“Dunkin’ Donuts recognizes the insensitivity of this spot and on behalf of our Thailand franchisee and our company, we apologize for any offense it caused,” company spokeswoman Karen Raskopf told Yahoo. “We are working with our franchisee to immediately pull the television spot and to change the campaign.”

The ad, for the new “charcoal donut,” drew fire from organizations including Human Rights Watch, which called it racist and unfortunate.

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