PEMRA bans Coca Cola Ad after public finds it hard to digest

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Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has banned a television commercial by multinational beverages company Coca Cola, ‘Extremely Pakistani’ after the ad received serious flak over controversial messaging.

PEMRA notice announcing ban on the ad

The notice issued by the media watchdog said that the content of the advertisement is not only offensive but also tantamount to demeaning Pakistanis as a nation. It said public at large is criticizing the theme of this advertisement that is promoting a negative perception against Pakistan and Pakistani nation, world over.

The opening sequence of the ad

Social media users expressed their disapproval as soon as the ad went on air. They believed the ad not only equated Pakistanis to ‘extremists’ but also trivialized extremism in an attempt to portray it as a positive attribute of the Pakistani nation. In a society that has suffered dearly at the hands of violent extremism the idea was probably destined to fall flat.

Renowned singer Jawad Ahmad said coke misinterpreted ‘extremism’ which he said was a highly sensitive word.

Another Twitter user denounced the act and said the marketers labelled the nation as extremists.

PEMRA has ordered all media houses to immediately withdraw the ad. Watch the ad here:


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