The car ad tried to extol its HD camera. Instead, it promoted sexual harassment in Egypt, critics say.
A man in a chic car stops suddenly in front of a woman crossing the street. He snaps her picture through a forward-facing camera in the rearview mirror as she looks at him, having not consented to being photographed. He smiles as her image then appears on his phone.
This scene played out in an advertisement by French carmaker Citroën featuring Egyptian megastar Amr Diab, an ad that the company withdrew Thursday following criticism in Egypt that it was promoting the harassment of women. Gender-based online abuse surged during the pandemic.