MLK Jr. Day Brand Fails That Deserve A Major Facepalm

MLK Jr. Day brand fails

It’s a major national holiday, meaning that somewhere on Twitter, there are a handful of brands that completely screwed the pooch in a famous dead person’s honor.

Today, it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, meaning that there’s the added potential for awkward racism among brand fails on Twitter and Facebook. Usually when we write about brand fails, there’s only one really worth noting, but today is a special day because there are at least three really bad ones.

Based on previous brand fails, this alone is enough to warrant an offended reaction. See, you can’t try to sell shit when people die. It’s just not right. The tweet is still live last we checked, but we’ve screencapped it just in case.

hats mlk jr

Like we said, that’s offensive enough based on your reactions to other brand fails. But doesn’t have anything on PornHub.

Purveyors of pornography bookmarked by a third of the individuals reading this article, probably can’t do too much to honor Martin Luther King Jr. since boobs and civil rights never really dovetailed in a meaningful way. Still, they tried.

pornhub mlkjr

Pretty bad, but believe it or not, this isn’t the worst MLK Jr. Day brand fail we saw online.

Global Village Store in Duluth


UnMarketing even called them to confirm that all “black items” are 25 percent off. “Yep!! All black items are on sale!” was the exuberant reply.

Did you spot any major brand fails on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that we missed? Give us a shout in the comments. Otherwise, everybody at the same time now:


Dusten Carlson
Dusten has written for web and print and currently spends his time working on his upcoming graphic novel. He is also almost 30 and still has all of his hair.


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