Global chicken fast-food chain Nando’s is facing backlash in India after it published an advertisement in English newspaper Hindustan Times which encouraged customers to “touch our buns or breasts, or even our thighs”.
The full page ad reads: “Try something you can grab with both hands. We don’t mind if you touch our buns, or breasts, or even our thighs. Whatever you’re into, enjoying any Nando’s meal with your hands is always recommended.”
People took to Twitter to express their outrage:
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 26, 2016
— Shveta Rajput (@shvetarajput) March 26, 2016
— Commando Dhruv (@gaurdhruv03) March 28, 2016
— Nishtha Satyam (@SatyamNishtha) March 26, 2016
— ☆ Saloni Madhok ☆ (@SaloniMadhok22) March 26, 2016
Nando’s has taken to social media to say sorry for the ad:
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We sincerely apologise for any offense caused by our ad published today. Our intent was not to offend anyone. We promise to do better.
— Nando’s India (@NandosIndia) March 26, 2016
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