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Dunkin’ Donuts hit for Thailand ad

BANGKOK — A leading human rights group has called on Dunkin’ Donuts to withdraw a ‘‘bizarre and racist’’ advertisement for chocolate doughnuts in Thailand that shows a smiling woman with bright pink lips in blackface makeup.

The Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Thailand launched a campaign earlier this month for its new ‘‘Charcoal Donut’’ featuring the image, which is reminiscent of 19th- and early 20th-century American stereotypes for black people that are now considered offensive symbols of a racist era.

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