Nazi-Themed Cosmetics Ad Pulled in S. Korea
The Television Ad Included a Swastika, Referenced Hitler
April 16, 2008
AP, SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean cosmetics company said Wednesday it will halt an ad campaign with Nazi references following complaints from a leading anti-Semitism watchdog group and the Israeli Embassy in Seoul.
The Coreana Cosmetics Co. decided Tuesday to withdraw the television ad for a skin lotion to prevent further controversy, company spokesman Kim Yoon-ho said.
The ad shows a young woman in a military-style trench coat holding a soldier's cap that appears to have the swastika-gripping eagle Nazi insignia. The version shown in previews contained the slogan: "Even Hitler didn't have the East and West."