Would you be offensed by this?
“It’s true, we are leaders, but at Citroen the revolution never stops," reads the text below the portrait. (BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7190249.stm)
Chinese chatroom users had complained “hurts our national pride".
“This is no small thing," said one visitor to a chatroom about the ad – based on the famous portrait of Mao which hangs in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
“It has an influence on the whole country. It damages the whole Chinese people."
“We repeat our good feelings towards the Chinese people, and confirm that we respect the representatives and symbols of the country," said the statement in Chinese.