Dove found itself in hot water on Saturday when the company posted an insensitive video on their Facebook page.
The ad promoting the skin-care brand’s soap shows a black woman taking off her shirt to reveal a white woman. (The second actress also takes off her shirt to reveal another woman.) Many social media users felt the images were reminiscent of racist ads of the past that depict black people as dirty, until they use a soap that transforms them into a clean white person.
The brand removed the video and released a statement saying the ad “missed the mark in representing women of color thoughtfully.”
The ad is offensive, but unfortunately, it’s not the first of its kind. Other brands, including Pepsi, Sony, Tory Burch and Gap, have created insensitive advertisements that they could’ve kept to themselves.
Feel free to roll your eyes at these nine ads:
Come on #Nivea. This is so racist that I do not even know where to begin.😠 Speechless. In future, refer to clothes or products, not colors. pic.twitter.com/m0KTSALFKo— Scott Bellows (@ScottProfessor) April 4, 2017
Okay, Dove...— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 8, 2017
One racist ad makes you suspect.
Two racist ads makes you kinda guilty. pic.twitter.com/hAwNCN84h2
sony: literally just make the most racist thing you can imagine— enmet (@emmetbroaders) April 4, 2017
designer: wait what
sony: we'll give you ten grand