Thursday, April 11, 2019

Burger King's Chopsticks Ad

A still from the Burger King advertisement Instagram screenshot 

A screenshot of the Burger King New Zealand ad, depicting a westerner trying to eat a burger with chopsticks. Photograph: Burger King/Instagram

The Burger King advert for a Vietnamese-inspired burger in New Zealand sparked furious debate over whether the advertisement is harmless fun or culturally insensitive and therefore, racist. 

In the end, the fast-food company decided to delete the clip which appeared on their Instagram account and which drew heavy criticism on social media. It comically showed a westerner struggling to eat a “Vietnamese Sweet Chilli Tendercrisp Burger” with oversized red chopsticks – the latest western brand to be accused of mocking Asian food customs. 

They also wisely withdrew the television commercial.

Liverpool made a great start to their Champions League quarter-final tie with a 2-0 win over FC Porto in the first leg at Anfield on Tuesday. 

Sadio Mane actually opened play down the left before feeding Roberto Firmino in the box and he beautifully teed up Naby Keita, who struck a deflected effort past goalie Iker Casillas in just five minutes. 

Then in the twenty-sixth minute, Firmino tapped home the second from Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross after Jordan Henderson's fine ball from midfield. 

The Reds’ attacking play fizzled out in the second half though – still, they will head to Portugal for the second leg on April 17 as strong favorites to reach the semi-finals for the second-successive year.

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