Jason Whitlock Compares Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Ad To Nike ‘Equality’ Commercial
Jason Whitlock is comparing Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad to LeBron James and Nike’s “equality” commercial calling both advertisements a “bad look.”
Pepsi released an ad on Tuesday that caused so much outrage that the soda company decided to pull the commercial. Whitlock, who serves as co-host of Fox Sports One’s “Speak For Yourself,” didn’t have much to say of Jenner’s ad but compared it to the Nike equality commercial, which he criticized heavily back in February.
“Pepsi commercial should be a message to LeBron James. Nike ‘equality’ commercial was the same thing. LeBron = Kendall Jenner. #BadLook,” Whitlock tweeted on Wednesday.
Pepsi commercial should be a message to LeBron James. Nike “equality” commercial was same thing. LeBron = Kendall Jenner. #BadLook
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) April 5, 2017
“I am one hundred percent in promotion of fairness and equality in a real way, this isn’t real. It’s a scam,” Whitlock said of James’ Nike commercial in February. “All this ‘resist, resist’ and all this substance-less resistance, it’s bogus, it’s a campaign. It’s a fight about money. It ain’t got a damn thing to do with you — the ordinary working man.”
Although he didn’t go into as much detail about his opinion of Jenner’s new ad, it clearly gave him a similar reaction. (RELATED: Accused Of Being To Nice To Cops, Pepsi Yanks Kendall Jenner Protest Ad)
The Pepsi commercial shows the Victoria’s Secret model participating in a photo shoot when she becomes distracted by an unspecified protest and decides to participate. Jenner eventually makes her way to the front of the protest and walks up to the police officers overseeing the crowd to hand one of them a Pepsi.
The commercial instantly received heavy criticism from many claiming the advertisement appropriated the Black Lives Matter movement. Pepsi has now apologized and pulled the ad.
“Clearly, we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are pulling the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position,” the soda company said in a statement.