China Targets India With ‘Turban, Sherwani’ Ad, Shows Blackfaced Men Dancing To Bollywood Songs

Chinese mobile phone brand, Vivo, has come under fire for a controversial advertisement in India that shows blackfaced men dancing to Bollywood songs. The ad, which promotes the company’s new smartphone, also features a man wearing a turban and traditional sherwani, leading to accusations of cultural appropriation and racism. The hashtag #BoycottVivoIndia has been trending on social media, with many calling for a boycott of the brand. In response, Vivo has apologized and withdrawn the ad, stating that it was “a mistake” and “was never intended to offend anyone.” The controversy highlights the ongoing tensions between India and China, which have been exacerbated by a border dispute and a boycott of Chinese goods in India.