Trying to profit off of our scary political climate, the tone-deaf ad featured none other than Kendall Jenner saving the day by handing a can of Pepsi to an armed police officer. And 32 percent of Americans said the ad made them more likely to buy Pepsi products, versus 20 percent who were less likely. In fact, Madonna herself was the victim of Pepsi pulling a 1989 commercial featuring the "Material Girl" singer almost 30 years ago after the controversy surrounding the "Like A Prayer" music video.
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The "behind the scenes" video, along with the original ad, has disappeared from Pepsi's website and YouTube channel. By some estimations, the commercial was seen by 250 million viewers in more than 40 countries, according to People magazine.
This is why it's no surprise that Kim Kardashian's younger stepsister and high profile model, Kendall Jenner, is under major media scrutiny concerning her involvement in Pepsi's most recent advertising campaign.
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If Pepsi wanted to make an empowering, unifying statement encouraging audiences to speak up for what they believe in, it should have approached the issue in a way that didn't scream the unrealistic yet recently popularized message that pretty white women - coupled with Pepsi - are the solution to any problem.
A source told People that Kendall Jenner is not at all happy about the ad controversy that dragged her name and reputation in it. The law enforcer opened the top, took a gulp and is welcomed by the odd yells of regard from the protesters. Even Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter lambasted the soft-drink company for the ad.
So who is right and who is wrong?