An advertisement on the website of Korean Air, which labelled Kenya as a country with “indigenous people full of primitive energy”, has been removed after Kenyans riled against it on social media.
was meant to introduce the carrier’s new flight schedule to Nairobi, due to start on the 21st of June from Incheon, Korea.
“Fly to Nairobi with Korean Air and enjoy the grand African savanna, the safari tour, and the indigenous people full of primitive energy,” read the ad, which was posted on the airline’s website.
Immediately afterward, hash tags like #PrimitiveEnergy
went viral, as Kenyans posted a screen grab depicting the ad on both Twitter and Facebook.
“The recent feedback of our notice of Nairobi had been removed from our website, and we will resume the page after revision,” read the tweet.
Korean Air is the flag carrier and the largest airline in South Korea, and is due to start three weekly, non-stop flights to Kenya from Korea.
The reaction comes months after Kenyans on Twitter, best known as #KOT,
forced the giant news network, CNN, to apologise and remove a video that depicted an isolated grenade attack at a bus station in Nairobi as a flare-up of violence across the country.