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Pepsi ad pulled over backlash, Bernice King mocks ad featuring Kendall Jenner

kendall-jenner-pepsi-ad “If only daddy knew about the power of Pepsi,” tweeted Bernice A. King, daughter of late Civil Rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She also shared photograph of her iconic dad who clashed with police on the front-line of a protest. The ad featured Kendall Jenner sporting a flaxen wig and in full makeup. She steps out into the crowd, pulls off her wing and wipes her face clean of her plum lipstick. She walks through the multicultural crowd of protestors and hands one of the officers a can of Pepsi. Twitter and Black Lives Matter protestors were in an uproar. Stars like Lena Dunham and Questlove clapped back. Dunham wrote, “Assuming everything that can be said about faux-test Pepsi ad has been said so I’m just gonna go with this: it didn’t make me want Pepsi.” bernice-a-king-twitter-pepsi-ad Questlove posted, “That Pepsi commercial was genius troll move of the year, 4 days from April Fools? we talkin/meming bout em too?” Pepsi heard the backlash loud and clear.

“Pepsi was trying to project a global a message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly, we missed the mark, and we apologize.  We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are pulling the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.”

David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance, commented, “Successful marketing campaigns have the power to add millions to the value of a brand. However, ill-conceived campaigns equally have the power to significantly erode hard-earned brand equity. Pepsi, which already had a difficult 2016 with its brand value dropping by 4% to $18.3 billion dollars, could face further losses in the value and strength of its brand as a result of this ad. Companies are right to push the boundaries and take risks when it comes to marketing products, but this proves that fallout from a single video can have a very damaging effect.”    

1 Comment

  1. nosey rosy on April 5, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    well no one is liking the jenner kardashian nothing right now since kim faked getting robbed and rob fake getting blow jobs , i m so tired of katelin and kris clan , and their black man patsey husbands and lovers , from lamar odom to tyga the lame rapper .. we have had enough of them trying to shock jock their way in to our wallets , ima done with reality tv idont watch any of it since moma june showed how thirsty the networks have gotten . . how do you take a woman who slept with a pedofile in the house with her kids and make her a size 3 , instead of letting that hogg live like most trail park white women love . if she was black they never would have paid for all that plastic surgery ,and honey boo boo is an obese child who needs counseling l she will be sewed up next .. back to kendle uggg h why dont she accept she is no cyndy crawford or tyra banks or niomi cambell or christy brinkly and she never will be i know so many common girl look a thousand times cuter than her and for them to keep pushing her up the payroll just because a tranny daddy gave birth to her is rediculous and thirsty . .america is thirsty A REALITY SHOW PRESIDENT IS THE LAST DAM STRAW SMH