Turkish hair removal advert, now with terrorists!

5 November 2014

Companies drop clangers all the time, but an advert for a Turkish hair removal company has gone above and beyond. They used a photo of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to promote their product... and he just happens to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.

The ad for 'Epila' features a picture the product next to an image of the terrorist, with the slogan: "The hair will not go away because you keep waiting!"

al-Qaeda official Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - hair removal

Mehmet Can Yildiz, a spokesman for the company, has said sorry and they they found the photo from a social media site. Alas, the site they chose was the Turkish equivalent of 4chan, so they were on a hiding to nothing.

They said: "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."

"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."

The advert has since been removed. Nice to know that his lasting legacy could be his hairy shoulders and not an act of mass murder.

TOPICS:   Advertising

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