Kendall Jenner Pepsi Ad Pulled After Mass Controversy
After being accused of trivialising recent street protests in the US with the release of their new advert, Pepsi have released an official statement and pulled the ad from public viewing.
The commercial featured reality TV star Kendall Jenner leaving a photo shoot to join a police protest to defuse tensions between the crowd and police with a can of Pepsi. The policeman drinking the can of Pepsi was then met with a cheering crowd and a smiling officer.
Shortly after it's release, viewers quickly took to Twitter with their fury, with many of the observers stating that it trivialised protests in cities like Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, that followed the police killing of black men.
Pepsi have since apologised saying 'We did not intend to make light of any serious issue' with the video no longer being available on YouTube.
— Pepsi™ (@pepsi) April 5, 2017
You can still watch the full ad in on twitter, alongside opinion tweets.
Kendall Jenner gives a Pepsi to a cop and rids the world of -isms. Y'all can go somewhere with this tone-deaf, shallow and over-produced ad. pic.twitter.com/CEr4cAw3Ld
— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) April 4, 2017
— Asia (@AsiaChloeBrown) April 4, 2017
Daaaaamn. I forgot my Pepsi at home pic.twitter.com/M3Up1eRa37
— Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) April 5, 2017
— David Weiner (@daweiner) April 4, 2017
"Kendall please! Give him a Pepsi!" pic.twitter.com/IntFNmCpTr
— Zito (@_Zeets) April 4, 2017
"Hold my wig, Keisha. I've got some liberating to do!"
"Um, it's Jennifer." pic.twitter.com/pgcqsGAQGu
— Tax-free Hands. (@thewayoftheid) April 4, 2017