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Mar 30, 2016

Tesco Thailand ad under fire for showing maid being slapped

Tesco Lotus has removed a widely shared video after it was slammed for a scene where a woman slaps her domestic helper. But was the video offensive in the market for which it was intended?

Tesco Thailand ad under fire for showing maid being slapped

Last week this ad from Tesco Lotus Thailand featured in the Campaign Asia-Pacific Viral Chart, which is compiled weekly by Unruly and analyses shares of ads and branded videos posted by a curated list of Asia-based brands.

This week, Ad Nut discovered that Tesco took the video down after netizens and media criticised it for a scene that showed a house maid being slapped. Ad Nut has salvaged the video for your viewing here, and added some of the social-media comments it sparked.

Leo Burnett Thailand has issued the following statement regarding the video:

This scene is actually from a classic Thai drama, which the agency tweaked to add a sense of humour to it. As you see, this particular scene is part of a series of scenarios of people eating chips in the spot. In fact, this work is tracking well locally, as the locals are familiar with this classic scene. However, as this has since become an issue outside of Thailand, the client has decided to pull it.  

Ad Nut has seen lots of Thai TV programmes, and to be honest, people get slapped all the time. Yet Ad Nut can also understand how people outside the country would see the video as offensive. Was Tesco right to pull the work? Let Ad Nut know by commenting below or on Twitter @CampaignAsia

Here are the scenes involving the maid:



 

 
 
 
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