The real-life advertisement that aired this week was pulled after it received widespread scorn for invoking nationwide issues like Black Live Matter to sell soda.
Even by the standards of modern television commercials, the now-defunct Pepsi ad starring supermodel and Kardashian sibling Kendall Jenner was dumb.
The commercial shows Jenner ditching a photo shoot to join a vague protest in the streets of Bangkok, Thailand, where she presents a police officer with a can of Pepsi, eliciting a smile from him and subsequently cheers from the protesters. Their attitude changes after the protester, played by Kendall Jenner, gives the officer a can of Pepsi. Pepsi and other sugary drink and snack food brands have been thrust into the spotlight because of their apparent negative impact on consumer health, and these brands are reaching to tie themselves to bigger themes and transcendent stories to bring renewed attention to their brands.
She's seen walking to the scene on the phone: "I stop the police from shooting people by handing them a Pepsi?"
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"Isn't that like, the best ad ever?" he asked.
Unless you were living under a rock this past week, you likely saw the Pepsi ad that caused such a stir across social media.
Jenner approaches one of the officers and hands him a can of Pepsi, prompting the officer to smile while marchers cheer and hug. "I want to know why would your people make you star in an ad that trivialises police brutality. we have to start choosing morals over money. nobody thought this one through", he said.
In the clip, we're taken on to the advert's set - and it isn't long before the director phones his family to run the freaky concept past them. In March, Kendall Jenner's home was reportedly burgled by someone she knows. The young model escaped the Pepsi drama - the same day her commercial got the axe - and was photographed at the airport when she touched down in France.