This is an ad for China Times restaurant located in Dubai. The ad has been causing controversy lately (though it has never been used, but somehow ended up on the internet).
As you see the ad shows 3 different people; a Sikh, an African-American, and an Arab. With their eyes manipulated to appear Chinese. The tagline says “Brings out the Chinese in everyone”.
The issue here is that people are accusing the ad to be racist towards the Chinese.
I have mixed feelings about it. It’s inappropriate for sure. If the ad agency had expressed the “Chinese in everyone” part in some other way -dressed up the same people in Traditional Chinese cloths for example- it would’ve been better. But I also don’t see it deserves the “racist” label. It doesn’t really mock the Chinese how I see it.
What do you think? Racist or not?