Blind People Protest Against Latest Pizza Hut Online Video

Pizza Hut Protest

Blind people across multiple Chinese cities turned out in front of Pizza Hut restaurants to protest against Pizza Hut’s latest online video.

The controversy stems from a dialogue between the two characters below, paired with the below image of a blind shrimp ball.

The male cartoon on the left says, “Do you know why the ball is rolling around everywhere? Because it’s a shrimp (blind) ball”.

In Chinese ‘shrimp’ is said in the same way as you would say blind. ‘Ball’ in this instance also has a subtle negative meaning. This is emphasized by an onscreen display of a shrimp ball, wearing sunglasses and holding a striped cane next to the characters “虾”(SHRIMP) “瞎”(BLIND).

Pizza Hut Shrimp Ball

Below is a news report showing one particular protest outside a Pizza Hut restaurant in Shi Jia Zhuang, Hebei province.

Pizza Hut have now issued a formal apology and pulled the online video. At the time of writing, the video could no longer be found online.

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