A billboard of a condom ad featuring Sunny Leone, has caused outrage in Surat, Gujarat. The ad for Manforce preaches safe sex during Navratris but the ad has misfired for the brand and the actress.
Sunny is the brand ambassador of the Indian condom brand, Manforce. According to a report in a leading daily, a city-based group organized a protest against the advertisement and demanded that the hoardings be removed. In fact, Narendra Chaudhary, the president of Hindu Yuva Vahini has gone on record and said: "The message in Gujarati on the hoarding reads 'Aa Navratri a ramo, parantu premthi' - Play but with love, this Navratri. The insinuation on the hoardings from a condom brand insults the religious sentiments of Hindus.”
Mr. Chaudhary didn’t just stop by accusing the brand but he also crossed the line by abusing the actress. During the interview, he even said that Sunny is corrupting Indian culture."This cannot be tolerated and our protests will get stronger if these hoardings are not removed immediately. Protests are necessary to deter others from trying something similar again in future," added Chaudhary.
The ad has gone viral and on Twitter, it has divided opinion. While some are attacking Sunny, others are lauding her for promoting safe sex. Check out what the Twitterati have to say about it.
"@ManforceIndia very Shameful.. today I started a campaign against Manforce Company on social media." read the Tweet.
Another Twitter uses commented: “@SunnyLeone is brand ambassador of manforce condom and she is promoting navratre in gujrat. Batao ab.. virodh kare ya rehne dein.”
@SunnyLeone is brand ambassador of manforce condom and she is promoting navratre in gujrat.— Rishié Sharma💮 (@rishiekishi) September 19, 2017
Batao ab.. virodh kare ya rehne dein.
"#Surat 'Talk of the town' sunny Leone's #manforce advertisements Hoardings," read the Tweet.
Another Twitterati commented: "Is it justified to involve Navraatre in condom ads? Gujrat is business orinted state but they must keep out business from festivals.."
Is it justified to involve Navraatre in condom ads?— ☫SINGH ਰਾਜਪੂਤ☬🇮🇳 (@HatindersinghR) September 18, 2017
Gujrat is business orinted state but they must keep out business from festivals.. pic.twitter.com/PZpG8H6xfN
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