Tanning salon's Thanksgiving special: 'Indian color'
Alabama-based chain apologizes for ad featuring scantily-clad, costumed women
An Alabama-based chain of tanning salons is offering a deal to get the "sexy color" of Native Americans this Thanksgiving.
"The Indians brought more than just 'CORN' to the first Thanksgiving," reads the ad from Club Sun Color Studios, "they brought SEXY 'COLOR'!"
The ad, first reported by Jezebel on Wednesday, shows a well-tanned brunette in a Native American costume -- complete with fringed stilettos -- standing next to a fair-skinned blonde in a Pilgrim dress.
"Instant, flawless sunless sprays for as low as ... $7.99!"
By Wednesday night, the ad had disappeared from both the company’s website and Facebook page.
Club Sun’s marketing director David Arnett later posted an apology.
"In response to the recent post from Jezebel.com., the ad I created showing a Native American and Pilgrim in costume was in no way intended to be offensive or racist," he wrote. "I sincerely apologize if it offended anyone.
"I myself am Native American and I am very proud of my heritage and skin tone. The thought process behind the ad was simply a play on my own sexy 'color.' Again, I apologize for any offense and misunderstanding."
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