Dunkin’ Donuts ad sparks racism row

Dunkin Donuts in Bangkok

Dunkin Donuts in Bangkok. Photo: Krista / flickr. CC BY 2.0.

A leading human rights group has called on Dunkin’ Donuts to withdraw a “bizarre and racist” advertisement for chocolate doughnuts in Thailand that shows a smiling woman with bright pink lips in blackface makeup.

The Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Thailand launched a campaign earlier this month for its new “Charcoal Donut” featuring the image, which is reminiscent of 19th and early 20th century American stereotypes for black people that are now considered offensive and racist.

Read more: Bangkok Post


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