Sprint Pulls Ad Calling T-Mobile ‘Ghetto’ by Hilary Brueck @FortuneMagazine April 13, 2016, 10:20 AM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Linkedin Share icons Sprint’s latest attempt to attack competitor T-Mobile isn’t sitting well with consumers. The company pulled back one of its newest ads late Tuesday after it came under fire for being racist and insensitive. The ad in question features Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure asking customers about their perceptions of the big mobile carriers. “I’m going to tell you a carrier name and I want you to basically tell me what comes to your mind,” the Sprint boss begins. “T-Mobile. When I say T-Mobile to you, just a couple of words?” A white woman at the table chimes in: “Oh my god the first word that came to my head was (grimacing)…ghetto!” Claure tweeted afterward that the customer’s remark was “maybe not the best choice of words,” but added that the new ads are meant to show “real comments from real customers.” Honest answers from real people on my #ListeningTour across the country. Sometimes the truth hurts, @TMobile https://t.co/4WHoDLNsbj — MarceloClaure (@marceloclaure) April 12, 2016 What Claure didn’t mention? The real numbers. Last year T-Mobile tmus edged out Sprint s to become the nation’s third-largest carrier behind Verizon vz and AT&T t . Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter. Now the former longtime third-place carrier is struggling to stay afloat. Earlier this month, Sprint offered up a sale and leaseback for some $3 billion of cellular networking equipment in an effort to generate some immediate cash flow for the company. But consumers were not pleased with Sprint’s latest tactic to win the battle for third place. Twitter users voiced their anger with the new ad, some even saying it prompted them to cancel their Sprint service: @marceloclaure @TMobile @sprint lost another customer.. last time I checked, you guys need all the customers you can get GHETTO or otherwise — Hasani Hunter (@hasanihunter) April 13, 2016 How could @sprint not realize that calling @TMobile customers 'ghetto' had racist and classist implications. — Melvin Johnson (@melvinjdesign) April 13, 2016 So Tuesday evening, Claure announced he was retracting the new ad: My job is to listen to consumers. Our point was to share customer views. Bad judgment on our part. Apologies. Taking the video down. — MarceloClaure (@marceloclaure) April 13, 2016 This isn’t the first time the Sprint boss has waged his carrier battle with T-Mobile on Twitter. Last year, Claure and T-Mobile CEO John Legere duked it out on Twitter, with Legere imploring the masses to #sprintlikehell while Claure called Legere’s tactics at T-Mobile cheap and misleading. For more on Sprint and T-Mobile, watch: On Tuesday night when one consumer called out Claure for being “just another suit” and disrespectful to Latinos in his latest ad, the Sprint boss said things on Twitter had gone too far: @luism1023 that I won't take. I am as Latino as you are so don't try to pull that card. — MarceloClaure (@marceloclaure) April 13, 2016 Meanwhile the other new Sprint ads in series are still around. Claure says they’re not meant to offend anyone; they’re just sharing “customer views.” As for the losing numbers? Sprint spokesman David Tovar has told Fortune the company is in the midst of a “multiyear turnaround program” and making good progress.