Volkswagen stands by Super Bowl ad deemed racist

The carmaker’s spot for the Big Game features a dorky white guy talking with a Jamaican accent. Some are saying it’s racist. Volkswagen is standing by it.

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Other companies—like Volkswagen this year—stumble into controversy.

For Volkswagen, controversy comes in the form of this commercial:

Some people have taken issue with the dorky white guy speaking in a Jamaican accent.

New York Times columnist Charles Blow told CNN that the commercial was “blackface with voices.” Wall Street Journal editorial director Chris John Farley compared the commercial to the widely hated Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks.

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