OnePlus' Ladies First Contest Is Blasted As S*xist

By 03:21 Wed, 21 Jul 2021 Comments

So OnePlus' phone, the One, is definitely receiving a lot of love on the internet for its top shelf specs at a fairly low price, so there are plenty of people waiting on line to buy one. Well OnePlus thought that it would generate some hype for its maiden handset by conducting a giveaway contest. However, the campaign is putting the phone manufacturer under some fire.

The campaign, entitled "Ladies First" encourages women to sdiscontinue selfies of themselves to OnePlus for a chance to win a free OnePlus One smartphone. Seems like a harmless contest, right?

Well this is where it gets problematic: it's the language that OnePlus used that has gotten them in trouble:

"Ladies, no nudity please."

Seems like a risque joke on OnePlus' part, however, the implications of the comment are what's getting the manufacturer in trouble. They are implying that women are just jumping at the opportunity to acquire naked for a free cell phone, at least that's what some mad people are saying on the internet.

The blowback was severe enough for OnePlus to cancel the contest altogether, and the original thread where users were voicing their anger has been pulled.

You can chalk this up as a PR snafu for the OnePlus team. Looks like whoever was in charge of heading up the contest copy is going to be in trouble.

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