Dunkin’ Donuts Apologizes for Racist Advertisement September 3, 2013 at 4:37PM by Zoe Bain | 16 Comment A Dunkin' Donuts ad in Thailand that featured a woman in blackface is causing international controversy. According to the New York Daily News, the marketing campaign, which was for chocolate donuts, shows a Thai woman with black hair, blackface makeup, and bright pink lipstick. She is also holding a black donut. After the ad campaign began, Human Rights Watch Asia Direct Phil Robertson stated, "It's both bizarre and racist that Dunkin' Donuts thinks that it must color a woman's skin black and accentuate her lips with bright pink lipstick to sell a chocolate doughnut." Dunkin' Donuts headquarters has since apologized for the offensive photo, stating, "On behalf of our Thailand franchise and our company, we apologize for any offense it caused. We are working with our franchaisee (sic) to immediately pull the television spot and to change the campaign." However, the CEO of Dunkin' Donuts Thailand doesn't find fault with the ad. "We're not allowed to use black paint to promote our donuts? What if the product was white and I painted someone white, would that be racist? Not everyone is paranoid about racism," explained Thailand CEO Nadim Salhani. Her own teenage daughter is the model in the controversial photo. .