AL tanning salon drops Thanksgiving ad touting 'sexy color' of American Indians

Published: Nov. 8, 2013 at 2:55 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2013 at 3:43 AM CST
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(Source: WPMI-TV)
(Source: WPMI-TV)

MOBILE, AL (WSFA) - An Alabama-based tanning salon is apologizing for what some are calling a controversial advertisement.

Club Sun Color Studio posted the ad on its Facebook page. It shows a tan brunette dressed in an American Indian costume and a pale blonde in a pilgrim costume.

"Have a 'colorful Thanksgiving'!" the ad for tanning memberships reads. "The Indians brought more than just 'corn' to the first Thanksgiving....They brought sexy 'color'."

The ad disappeared from the company's Facebook page, and Club Sun's marketing director has apologized stating the ad was never meant to be offensive or racist, WPMI-TV in Mobile reports.

"I myself am Native American and I am very proud of my heritage and skin tone. The thought process behind the ad was simply a play on my own 'sexy color.' Again, I apologize for any offense and misunderstanding," David Arnett told WPMI-TV.

Vice President of Sales Larry Andrews says the company was promoting its business, which is color. He said that's why he and the owner approved the ad. Andrew believes it was simply taken out of context.

"I mean, it was a very innocent in-house flyer," Andrews told. "I think this day and time people look for something to complain about and something to stir the pot. If they would look for more positive things in life we'd have a much better Thanksgiving and holiday season."

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