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Chinese Beverage Chain Sexy Tea Apologises For Printing Sexist Statements On A Mug

By Dave Simpson

Chinese beverage chain Sexy Tea has apologised for printing sexist statements on a mug.

As reported by bbc.com, Sexy Tea referred to women as a "bargain" on one of it mugs, and said that customers could pick up women while waiting for drinks, which resulted in outrage and heavy criticism online.

After a picture of one of the mugs in question went viral on Chinese social media website Weibo, one of the site's users said that the mug "is vulgar marketing", while another posted, "Didn't anyone in the marketing team see anything wrong with this?"

Sexy Tea Statement

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Following the criticism, Sexy Tea issued a statement that said, "We made a very inappropriate sentence…we are very ashamed. We have absolutely no intention of disrespecting women."

Sexy Tea added that it "will immediately recall" the range of mugs in question "and seriously reflect on this incident."

Weibo users also pointed out that Sexy Tea has used sexually suggestive marketing before, with many highlighting teabags that had images of tadpoles printed on them, suggesting that they were supposed to depict sperm.

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