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20. Groupon's “Save the Money” Spot

Year: 2011

“The people of Tibet are in trouble. Their culture is in jeopardy,” declares actor Timothy Hudson, who then breaks from his serious tone to promote a fish curry deal he scored on the coupon site. Human rights activists felt the spot was in poor taste by mocking the country's social issues. CEO Andrew Mason pulled the ad immediately and posted on the Groupon blog, “We thought we were poking fun at ourselves, but clearly the execution was off and the joke didn't come through.” You can say that.

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