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There is a lot of [angry / anger] on social media because of an advertisement for a Chinese [laundry / laundered] detergent. Some newspapers are [saying / said] it could be the most racist advert [never / ever] made. The commercial was created for the washing detergent company Qiaobi. In the ad, a young Chinese woman puts a detergent tablet [into / onto] the mouth of a black man. She pushes him into a washing machine, closes the [bin / lid] and then turns it on. The next scene shows the result of the [awash / wash] – the black man has turned into a white Chinese man. The woman looks happy when she sees the fairer-skinned [man / men] . The ad is a month old but went [virus / viral] 24 hours ago, after it was shared [on / in] social media.

Many news agencies are [attacked / attacking] the ad because of its racist content. The website Buzzfeed [called / calling] it, the "most racist ad of 2016". It said the ad would make you feel [dirt / dirty] . It wrote: "The commercial will likely [leave / left] you feeling like you need a shower." One blogger [compiled / complained] that: "Chinese companies [foil / fail] to understand the [sensitivity / sensitive] of racism, which is a shame, but [commonly / common] in China." Another blogger asked: "How can these marketing people have no knowledge of racism?" The owner of Qiaobi told the BBC that he didn't realise the ad was racist until someone [painted / pointed] it out. He said: "To be honest, I didn't really [pay / buy] that much attention to the advertisement."

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