American soldier gets flak for appearance in this ad
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Ranks divided over billboard of US soldier embracing Muslim girlfriend12 hrs ago
It's an ad for SnoreStop, but the billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles seems to be selling more than that. Depicting an American soldier with his arm around a Muslim woman with her face veiled with the legend "#betogether," it's already riled up folks on social media who have called it "offensive" and "a slap in the face to our military." This doesn't surprise Paul Evans, the soldier who posed for the ad with his real-life Muslim girlfriend. "I did this because I am no stranger to other people's discrimination," he wrote in a Facebook post. If the "keeping couples together" message is a bit of a stretch for an anti-snoring product/sleep aid, the choice of models was deliberate. "We want to show couples that you normally don't see in advertising," SnoreStop spokeswoman Melody Devemark told CBS Los Angeles. [Source]