General Motors pulled a commercial for the Chevrolet Trax after one Chinese newspaper called it racist.
The ad features a song with lyrics referring to “the land of Fu Manchu.” The song goes on to talk about girls saying “ching, ching, chop-suey.” GM apologized for the ad and spokeswoman Ryndee Carney told Automotive News that their intent “was not to offend anyone and we’re deeply sorry if anyone was offended.” She also said the company’s advertising approval process is being reviewed.
Chevrolet never ran the ad in China. It started running in Canada on March 4 and has also been available on Chevrolet’s European websites.
The controversy comes shortly after Hyundai apologized for an ad last week depicting a man trying to kill himself.
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[Source: Automotive News]