Uh oh, can't make fun of The Obama. Not even in Japan.
So, they've pulled the ad.
A Japanese mobile phone firm said today it had pulled a TV advert depicting a monkey as a political candidate amid accusations that it was a racist reference to Barack Obama, who is seeking to become the first black US president.Of course, bloggers for years have been calling George Bush Chimpy, with those cute photos to go along with it.
The ad, for eMobile, shows a monkey in a suit addressing an election rally, surrounded by supporters carrying placards with the word "Change".
The apparent intention is to persuade subscribers to other mobile phone carriers to transfer to eMobile.
But the combination of the monkey, and the resemblance of his message to the theme of Obama's campaign - "Change we can believe in" - prompted bloggers to accuse the company of making a racist slur against the Democratic hopeful.
That's still OK, I guess.
Don't you just love double standards?
The company, which stressed it had used the macaque mascot in several other adverts, said it had never intended to insult Obama but had decided to pull the "Change" ad in response to criticism in the blogosphere.Perhaps in the future they could just run all ads by Obama's people to make sure nobody gets upset. Granted, I can see where they're coming from on this, even though monkeys are revered in Japan. This isn't as stupid as, say, comparing him to Curious George. They were trying to be funny and apparently some people didn't see the humor in it.
"We had no bad intentions, but this is a cross-cultural gap issue and we have to accept it," eMobile's chief executive, Sachio Semmoto, told Reuters. "There are African-Americans in Japan, so we decided to take prompt action and shut down the ad."
Thanks to Gateway Pundit for the link.