Nothing sweet about Bashews tweet

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iol scitech dec 11 twitter AFP On Twitter, news spreads like wildfire, unfiltered, from the ground up. In fact, sometimes impatient wildfires get on Twitter to speed the process along.

Cape Town - A tweet in the name of soft drink company Bashews about missing front teeth had tweeps in a froth on Monday.

“Retweet this if you’re missing your front teeth #KeepingItCapeTown,” the tweet read.

Many Twitter users found the tweet to be stereotypical and degrading. Some slammed the account, while a tweeter named Kurt Mitchell said he would never buy Bashews cooldrink again.

Sports anchor and reporter Julia Stuart tweeted: “Do you reinforce other racial stereotypes for retweets too?”

 

Attempts to reach a Bashews representative drew a blank on Monday night, but hours after the outrage, an apology on Bashews’s Twitter handle was tweeted. “Apologies for offending with that last tweet. It was meant to be a joke. It will be removed. Regards,” it read, followed by another tweet: “Bashews is for everyone.”

- Cape Times

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