The ad refers to China as "the land of Fu Manchu", where people say "ching-ching, chop suey". While this might have been considered acceptable, even amusing, when the lyrics were originally penned in the US in the 1930s, times have changed. And China is now GM largest market.
"The giant carmaker is now pulling the advertisement from worldwide markets, saying it had received complaints about the "offensive content"." Duh!
In today's media-is-everywhere environment, anything which can be interpreted, rightly or wrongly, as insensitive or offensive, certainly will be. And the media will be there to pick up on it and carry the story globally.
"GM pulls 'racist' Chevrolet 'ching-ching, chop suey' ad", SCMP, May 3, 2013
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