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