Actor From Kendall Jenner Pepsi Commercial Addresses Backlash

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Some also thought that the soda brand was appropriating resistance to Donald Trump and the Black Lives Matter movement just to sell a soft drink. "She feels bad", a source told People of the 21-year-old supermodel whose controversial commercial was pulled by the company due to an uproar on social media.

In the sketch from Saturday night, we see everything that happened "behind the scenes" of the commercial, featuring Beck Bennett as the wide-eyed director helming his first big job.

The ad ends with Jenner walking up to a stoic looking police officer, handing him a can of Pepsi and getting him to break into a smile.

He then runs the commercial past another relative on the phone.

Meanwhile, the insider also acknowledged Pepsi had made a mistake in hiring Kendall for the role. And then, that Pepsi brings everybody together. But as you can see in the image above, taken from a behind-the-scenes version of the ad that has since been deleted, the police officers' sleeve patches say "San Francisco Police" and use the same eagle logo as the SFPD sleeve patches.

"Isn't that like the best ad ever", Bennet's character asks his sister, Carrie, before being hit with the inevitable. "I know! It's cute, right?" Standing up against police brutality, racial injustice and inequality, the Black Lives Matter movement seeks to tackle systemic racism in American society, which the Pepsi commercial appears to trivialize.

To paraphrase sometime-casino owner Rick in "Casablanca", "I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of one little Pepsi commercial don't amount to a hill of beans in this insane world".

The commercial has been accused of trivialising a serious issue by some of its online critics, but Pepsi has defended the advert, saying it carries an "important message".

"Pepsi was trying to project a global a message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize", it said in a statement. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout.



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