Scarlett Johansson Dumps Oxfam Over Super Bowl Soda Ad, Controversy Heats Up [Photos + Uncensored Videos]
By Johnlee Varghese | January 30, 2014 10:49 PM EST
Want a sip? Asks the 29-year-old bombshell while enjoying a homemade soda in the steamy Super Bowl ad. Scarlett Johansson's SodaStream Super Bowl commercial is stirring up controversies one after the other. In the latest, the actress has decided to part ways with Oxfam.
Adding to list of fallouts due the SodaStream Super Bowl commercial, Scarlett Johansson has now announced her decision to forgo her position as the ambassador for the humanitarian organization - The Oxfam International, which had criticized her for doing the advertisement for SodaStream,which is an Israeli company operating out of the West Bank.
Scarlett Johansson,who is the only woman to have been voted twice by Esquire magazine as the "Sexiest Woman Alive" in 2006 and 2013, has been in the middle of controversy after several organisation opposed her support for the Israeli company.
SodaStream, which produces machines for making carbonated beverages at home, announced the deal with Johansson earlier this month. For the company, she will be featuring in an ad that is scheduled to debut during the Super Bowl on 2 February.
The BAFTA-winning actress announced her decision to part ways with Oxfam on 29 February.
Oxfam in its statement questioning her decision to promote the SodaStream had said:" While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms. Johansson's role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador. Oxfam believes that businesses, such as SodaStream, that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support."
"Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law. Ms. Johansson has worked with Oxfam since 2005 and in 2007 became a Global Ambassador, helping to highlight the impact of natural disasters and raise funds to save lives and fight poverty," the Oxfam said in their statement.
Scarlett had been working with Oxfam since 2007.
In another major setback to the SodaStream Super Bowl commercial, the 2 February game day ad has been censored.
Though the uncensored version has been made available to the millions of fans, the full version has been banned from the big game due to the last line, 'Sorry, Coke and Pepsi.'
In the uncensored ad, Scarlett Johansson at the end of the ad says "Sorry, Coke and Pepsi," however, Fox reportedly has asked SodaStream to cut the last line as Pepsi is a major sponsor of the event.
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