No one laughs at Air New Zealand's testicle joke about female athlete

Some ads try to grab our attention with ballsy messages, but Air New Zealand has likely gone too far. An online Christmas-themed competition on the airline's Grabaseat website featured a joke that outraged customers and shook up the Twitterverse by insinuating a female Olympian is really a man: "What large heavy ball was responsible for Valerie Adams' gold medal?

The Belarusian's left testicle." Background: Belarusian athlete Nadzeya Ostapchuk won the women's shotput competition at the summer Olympics but had to relinquish it to Valerie Adams of New Zealand after failing a drug test. Cue the Twitter outcry, summed up in this tweet: "unbelievably offensive … transphobic, and just plain unnecessary." [Source]

 
 
 
 

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