29 May '16, 1pm

China firm apologises for racist detergent advert

China firm apologises for racist detergent advert

BEIJING: A Chinese detergent maker has apologised for an advertisement which shows a black man stuffed into a washing machine and transformed into a fair-skinned Asian, just a day after dismissing critics as too sensitive. The advertisement by the Shanghai Leishang Cosmetics company provoked an uproar on US news websites, with commentators citing it as an example of racist attitudes towards black people in China. Its commercial for the "Qiaobi" brand shows a black man whistling and winking at a young Chinese woman, who calls him over, puts a detergent packet into his mouth and forces him head-first into a washing machine. She sits on the lid while the man shrieks. Moments later an Asian man emerges in clean clothes and the woman grins. The advert has been viewed more than seven million times on YouTube in the past three days. "For the harm caused to the African people beca...

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