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(The Washington Post) Mercedes-Benz, the German luxury car manufacturer, posted an image on the social media site Monday of a white coupe parked on the beach, just out of reach of the frothy waves behind it.

“Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open,” a quote superimposed on the photo read. The quote was attributed to the Dalai Lama and appended with #MondayMotivation, a popular hashtag that surfaces at the start of each workweek.


Underneath the photo was the line: “Start your week with a fresh perspective on life from the Dalai Lama.”


Within hours, angry Chinese Instagram users had flooded Mercedes-Benz's account to express outrage that the automaker had quoted the spiritual leader of Tibet in a post that appeared in their feeds.


Not long after, Mercedes-Benz deleted the Instagram post in question — coupe, beach, Dalai Lama quote and all — and subsequently published an lengthy apology on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site similar to Twitter.


“This morning, we released a very incorrect message on international social media,” the apology began. The automaker said it had offended the feelings of its consumers and employees in China. “In light of this, we will immediately take measures to deepen our understanding of Chinese culture and values, including our overseas colleagues, to ensure this won't happen again.”

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Chinese Instagram users deserve no apology for their "anger". In fact it is they who owe the world apologies for their imperious and rude behavior.

Since when are Chinese people thought coppers? THis is a despicable occupation!

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Post time 2018-2-7 23:09:17 |Display all floors
Mercedesbenz does not need to be afraid of losing the market share that is made up of some hothead consumers. Japanese and South Koreans are much worse in this (similar) respect, but there are still so many Chinese who make visits to these two countries to boost the tourism and sales there. France even scecretly helped anti-China forces to make troubles in the Olympic torch relay race in 2008, but Chinese travelers still love Paris as much as ever.
Business is business, it is not good and meaningless to politicize a small matter.

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seneca Post time: 2018-2-7 09:25
Chinese Instagram users deserve no apology for their "anger". In fact it is they who owe the world a ...

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Post time 2018-2-8 13:16:54 |Display all floors
Chinese should not be too sensitive. Try to look at it from the context of the situation. It is quite common for calendars to have pictures and quotes for each month. In this case, Mercedes was doing the same kind of thing for its promotion. However, the Dalai Lama is still quite a sensitive matter. Maybe Mercedes should use quotes not from Dalai Lama if the promotion is in and for China.

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GreenNanning Post time: 2018-2-7 23:09
Mercedesbenz does not need to be afraid of losing the market share that is made up of some hothead c ...

RE: Business is business, it is not good and meaningless to politicize a small matter.

After all ge's only a refugee paid by the West

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