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    Posted December 18, 2011 by
    lynzbee
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    Baghdad, Iraq

    Pepsi Arabia - Can Celebrating September 11th?

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter lynzbee, who works at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Iraq, shared a photo on Sunday of a Diet Pepsi can that's causing controversy online due to its imagery, which some say resembles the Twin Towers and a plane flying overhead. 'I personally saw the can and noticed the towers/planes and thought immediately of 9/11 without even knowing about the can issue,' she wrote in an email. 'I think it is at best in very bad taste and at worst direct anti-American marketing to people in this area. I think that it should be causing controversy; Pepsi shouldn't be marketing what could be interpreted as pro-terrorist themes to sell soft drinks.'

    CNN reached out to Pepsi for comment. 'We are sorry that some people found this design insensitive, which was never our intention as the graphics on this can were inspired by the Dubai skyline,' said Jeff Dahncke of the PepsiCo communications department, adding that the company has since stopped production of the can.
    - katie, CNN iReport producer

    I'm a contractor in Baghdad and my coworkers and I noticed the new design on the side of the Pepsi Diet cans. It seems to show 2 towers, which look a lot like the twin towers, in a large city with 2 planes flying around them. Seems like a pretty offensive choice if you are American but maybe a good marketing choice in this part of the world.

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