The Internet Really Didn’t Like Cinnabon’s Carrie Fisher Tweet
Someone at Cinnabon—in a galaxy far far away—decided that the death of Carrie Fisher on Tuesday presented an ideal opportunity to promote baked goods.
A Tweet, since deleted by Cinnabon, placed the company’s sugar-slathered confectionary atop an image of the Star Wars actress done in cinnamon, under the slogan “RIP Carrie Fisher, you’ll always have the best buns in the galaxy.”
At just after 10 p.m. EST Cinnabon posted this apology. But in the intervening hours the Internet reacted with outrage.
Fisher had described her much-loved Star Wars character Princess Leia as sporting a “cinnamon buns” hairstyle. Nevertheless, the denouncement of Cinnabon’s cynicism came swift and sharp:
This is obviously not the first time corporations have hijacked the bereavement bandwagon. In April this year U.S. food giant General Mills (GIS) provoked the Internet’s ire when it responded to the death of Prince by dotting the “i” of “Rest in peace” with a Cheerio.
And back in 2013, Campbell Soup (CPB) decided to mark the anniversary of Pearl Harbor with an image of SpaghettiOs’ lip-licking avatar brandishing an American flag.
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However, as one Twitter user put it, Cinnabon’s latest marketing misfire even “out-dumbed” SpaghettiOs.
Carrie Fisher died in Los Angeles on Tuesday. She was 60 years old.