PepsiCo is bowing to public pressure for the second time in a week and cutting ties with Lil Wayne over the rapper's crude lyrical reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till.
General Motors announced it will pull a television commercial for its Chevrolet Trax after complaints that its background music promoted Asian stereotypes.General Motors announced it will pull a television commercial for its Chevrolet Trax after complaints that its background music promoted Asian stereotypes.
PepsiCo was forced to pull a Mountain Dew online advertisement after complaints it was racially charged and poked fun of violence against women.
I've seen stupid and desperate business decisions in my life, but PepsiCo's decision to resurrect Michael Jackson in a global promotion takes the cake ("Michael Jackson: Pepsi brings back King of Pop in promotion," Web, Thursday).
A pro-life group called off its year-long boycott of Pepsi products Monday after the soft-drink giant provided assurances it would no longer use an aborted fetal-cell line to develop flavor enhancers.
So far, researchers using aborted fetal cell lines haven't been able to cure paralysis or reverse the effects of Parkinson's disease, but they may be able to make diet sodas taste better.
Recruiting a former Baywatch star to hand out free potato chips and beer may sound like a cheap publicity stunt, but for one British brand, it actually helped boost sales.
Contrary to the news flow, it's been a rather quiet week for me. One that reminds me of crickets, not so much because of the noise crickets make but the absence of other noise that lets you hear the crickets. With some slack in the schedule, I thought a nice change of pace would be to open the ol' mailbag, or, in this case, the ol' e-mailbag, and answer some readers' questions.