Japanese carmaker Nissan announced Friday July 21st it has pulled a raunchy commercial starring "Sex and the City" actress Kim Cattrall from New Zealand television following complaints over its content.
In the promo for the Japanese automaker's new sedan Tiida, Cattrall plays off her sex-obsessed, promiscuous Samantha Jones on the hugely successful series. And as music reminiscent of the "Sex and the City" theme plays, Cattrall says "Why didn't you tell me it was so big, I just wasn't prepared for it? Ah! That was amazing. Absolutely fabulous! I mean the great body and the way you moved it." A voiceover adds at the end saying, "The all-new Nissan Tiida makes you feel really, really, really good inside."
It is the statement that raise protest for it seems that equating the size of the interior of a Nissan to the size of a penis. Thus, Nissan responded quickly to complaints, pulling the ad before the Advertising Standard Complaint Board had a chance to act.
Nissan released a statement about the pulling of the Kim Cattrall advertisement, saying "We made this decision in the interest of self-regulation and in response to public feedback."