Advertising and Marketing
Posted by Joel Martinsen on Saturday, June 18, 2005 at 7:22 PM
McDonald's is the latest international company to have an advertisement seen as offensive in China. Its latest in-store ad spot, "The Debt Collector", features a kneeling customer, leading viewers in Chengdu to accuse McDonald's of insulting all Chinese consumers.
The script is as follows (translated):
(Outside a music store)A McDonald's representative says that the ad is gently satirizing the widespread practice of offering customers discounts that have all sorts of restrictions and limitations.
As in previous ad flaps, people in online forums are calling for boycotts, not having forgotten McDonald's earlier sin of classifying Taiwan as a country. And there's the requisite online survey, offered by NetEase, stuffed as usual.
Maybe the subject matter is just too sensitive. Toyota offended consumers last year in an ad featuring kneeling stone lions. Perhaps advertisers should leave kneeling to crime flicks and overacted romantic dramas.
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