Groupon on defensive over Tibet ad

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February 7, 2011
Agence France-Presse    
Posted in News, PND News

"Internet start-up Groupon was on the defensive Monday as it faced outrage for running a Super Bowl advertisement that highlighted Tibet's woes to promote the online bargain site. The commercial during Sunday evening's game, the most-watched time of the year on US television, opens with mountain scenes set to a melancholy flute and the words, 'The people of Tibet are in trouble. Their culture is in jeopardy.' Actor Timothy Hutton then quips, 'But they still whip up an amazing fish curry,' and explains how he used Groupon for a discount at a Tibetan restaurant in Chicago. The advertisement set off furious messages on Twitter." [editor's note: Several of my friends swore they'd cancel their Groupon email notifications - SAT] (02/07/11)  

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