Brand: Volkswagen

Reason: Since the debut of their 2013 Super Bowl commercial, Volkswagen has been hit with racial profiling allegations. The ad showcased a seemingly happy white guy, who is overjoyed by his new Volkswagen, trying to cheer up his co-workers while speaking in a Jamaican accent. After the commercial aired, many folks were rubbed the wrong way, including Barbara Lippert, editor-at-large of Mediapost.com, who told The Today Show, “Didn’t anyone look at this…this is so racist.” Volkswagen Executive vice president Tim Mahoney defended the ad, telling the Daily Mail, “We obviously did our homework to make sure that we weren’t offensive.” The ad went on to become one of the most watched on YouTube.

SOURCE: Huffington Post

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