As soon as I saw this commercial during the Superbowl, I figured John Liu was preparing a press conference about it. Well, that hasn't happened yet, but apparently some people were offended because the cartoon panda had - gasp - a Chinese accent. What's wrong with that? Perhaps they would have preferred a Brooklyn accent? I don't get it.
An Ad With Talking Pandas, Maybe, but Not With Chinese Accents
“We never thought anyone would be offended,” said Mr. Gupta, who developed and wrote both commercials himself.
“The pandas are Chinese,” he said. “They don’t speak German.”
Mr. Gupta said he planned to keep running the other Salesgenie commercial, featuring an animated salesman named Ramesh who speaks with an Indian or other South Asian accent.
The reason, Mr. Gupta said, was that “more people seem upset about the pandas than Ramesh.”