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A ice cream company in Thailand has apologized for referencing a derogatory term for anal sex in a Facebook post intended to celebrate the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling to strike down all bans on same-sex marriage.
Over the weekend, Wall’s Thailand, a subsidiary of the international ice cream brand Wall’s, posted a photo of black bean flavored ice cream with the caption: “Wall’s supports all form of love. #lovewins.”
Many commentators on social media in Thailand were offended by post, as “black bean” is slang for anal sex in Thai, and often used to demean gay men.
According to an article published by Naewna newspaper in 2007, the term originated around 70 years ago when a man named black bean (tua dam in Thai) was arrested in 1935 for allegedly having anal sex with underage boys in Bangkok.
Several hours after a stream of furious comments began to surface on its Facebook page, Wall’s Thailand removed the photo and replaced it with a new post featuring a rainbow colored popsicle.
However, commentators continued to demand an apology, leading the company to post a formal statement on their Facebook page yesterday morning.
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