An advertising campaign in which Elizabeth Hurley compares the destruction of the rainforest to getting her lady forest waxed has been pulled off the air by bosses at Groupon after it caused a host of complaints in the US. Timothy Hutton and Cuba Gooding also appeared in other TV spots which were slammed for making light of whaling and the troubles of the nation of Tibet.
Hurley’s advert (which can be seen below) debuted during last week’s Super Bowl. In Hutton’s commercial, he said: “The people of Tibet are in trouble. Their very culture is in jeopardy. But they still whip up an amazing fish curry. And since 200 of us brought a Groupon.com, we got $30 of Tibetan food for $15 at Himalayan Restaurant in Chicago.”
Company founder Andrew Mason apologised for causing offence in a blog post to customers, writing: “We hate that we offended people and we’re very sorry that we did. We don’t see the point in continuing to anger people.”