Paddy Power, the company which seems to relish inflicting offence in its commercials, has become embroiled in a racism storm after posting a tweet confirming it would be paying out early on a Floyd Mayweather beating Conor McGregor this weekend, under the phrase: “We always bet on black. ”The full ad, which shows a positive Mayweather showered with cash, reads: “Always bet on black. We’ve paid out early on a Mayweather victory. Because we checked only one of them is a boxer. ”The crusade has brought on a barrage of criticism, accusing the bookmaker of racism, adding: “Who was stupid enough to arise with that tag line?”, “It aint the 80’s now you know”, “You can’t say that this present day”, and “Presumably a person idea this was edgy and good for publicity”.
Perhaps unsurprisingly Paddy Power denies any wrongdoing, insisting that the quote were misunderstood and had been utilized in reference to a “basic movie line” from 1992 movie, Passenger 57. In a press release the firm said: “Like Wesley Snipes – who famously delivered the line – Floyd Mayweather is rightfully happy with his identity and, while the advert does reference his race, it does so in a manner which isn’t in any respect derogatory or insulting. “It’s also a making a bet associated pun which references a roulette wheel. Because we’re about playing – get it?If people don’t find it irresistible that’s completely their prerogative. ”While the company has run into bother with the Advertising Standards Authority on numerous occasions – most above all for its Oscar Pistorious ads – its most recent campaigns have managed to swerve any action.
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