The sponsor is now pulling the ad. According to the New York Times:
Vinod Gupta, the chairman and chief executive of InfoUSA in Omaha, the parent of Salesgenie.com, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that a commercial featuring two animated pandas speaking with what were intended as Chinese accents would be withdrawn.
“We never thought anyone would be offended,” said Mr. Gupta, who developed and wrote both commercials himself.
“The pandas are Chinese,” he said. “They don’t speak German.”
Still, “if I offended anybody,” Mr. Gupta said, “believe me, I apologize.”
Apparently Mr. Gupta has never met a Chinese person who doesn't speak with a cartoonish accent.
He then goes on to say:
“People have been making fun of my accent for years,” said Mr. Gupta, who described himself in the interview as half-Indian and half-Jewish. “And I love it.”
Still, he apologized and pulled the ad. Such is the power of my blog!
(Thanks to bev_vincent for pointing me to the article.)