POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 07, 2014 AT 01:17 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 07, 2014 01:17 IST

Readers were recently rather startled to see this advertisement featuring a hirsute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the former Pakistani former al-Qaeda leader, accused of being the "principal architect" of 9/11, in Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s oldest English-language daily.

“Waiting won’t get rid of that hair!” or, more literally, “The hair will not go away because you keep waiting!” said the ad in Turkish.

In its defence, the Turkish cosmetics company which used his photograph in an ad for hair removal products pleads that it featured the notorious al-Qaeda terrorist “for his hair, not terrorism.”

“We didn’t know that he was a terrorist. This image is in popular use in Turkish memes on the Internet. The guy is quite hairy, so we thought his body was a good fit for our ad,” Mehmet Can Yıldız, a representative for the cosmetics company, told Hürriyet via phone on Nov. 4.

Yıldız told Hurriyet that the company had discovered the image on İnci Sözlük, a Turkish online social community website.

“We didn’t want to imply anything political. We didn’t know that it could become an international story. I repeat: We featured him for his hair, not terrorism,” Yıldız said.

 



The story about the ad circulated on Twitter and finally made it on Vox on Nov. 1.

 

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 07, 2014 AT 01:17 IST, Edited At: Nov 07, 2014 01:17 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Oct 30, 2014 AT 18:04 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 30, 2014 18:04 IST

An advertising agency in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, has been ordered by court to pay damages for designing a controversial poster showing two cultural icons of the 19th century locked in a kiss.

The poster shows Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly and Russian poet Alexander Pushkin in an embrace and was designed to advertise an Almaty gay club at the intersection of Kurmangazy and Pushkin streets. It was inspired by a famous image of the leaders of East Germany and the Soviet Union kissing in 1979.

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POSTED BY OWD ON Oct 30, 2014 AT 18:04 IST, Edited At: Oct 30, 2014 18:04 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 12, 2014 AT 19:14 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 12, 2014 19:14 IST

All India Bakchod are back, this time collaborating with Voctronica, with a tribute to classic Indian ads.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 12, 2014 AT 19:14 IST, Edited At: Jul 12, 2014 19:14 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Mar 11, 2014 AT 21:10 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 11, 2014 21:10 IST

What happens when 20 strangers are asked to kiss for the first time? On camera, that is. Tatia Pilieva finds out in this film that has notched up 3,749,704 views on YouTube in 4 days.

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POSTED BY OWD ON Mar 11, 2014 AT 21:10 IST, Edited At: Mar 11, 2014 21:10 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Feb 04, 2014 AT 23:01 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 04, 2014 23:01 IST

A new advertisement that Coca-Cola unveiled during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb 2 has sparked quite a controversy. 

Named 'It's beautiful', the ad depicts US' diversity by showing people of different immigrant communities singing "America the Beautiful" in seven different languages, including Hindi.

Individuals featured in the footage represented the melting pot that is the US. One of the vignettes also depicted what are said to be the first gay parents shown in a Super Bowl ad.

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POSTED BY OWD ON Feb 04, 2014 AT 23:01 IST, Edited At: Feb 04, 2014 23:01 IST
     
 
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