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Illustration for article titled Mr. T Snickers ad pulled

Candy conglomerate Mars has yanked a Snickers ad featuring A-Team icon Mr. T from British TV after complaints that it was homophobic, reports the UK Guardian. The ad features an effeminate speedwalker who is aggressively pitied by Mr. T after he smashes through a nearby house in a pickup truck, pummeling the alleged fool with a barrage of Snickers bars fired from a truck-mounted cannon and calling him "a disgrace to the man race." It's one a series of commercials developed by the ad agency AMV BBDO, in which Mr. T, born Lawrence Tureaud, fulminates and blusters against non-macho behavior while brandishing outlandishly phallic weaponry, followed by the slogan "Get Some Nuts." Though the ads were not controversial in the UK, they caused a flurry of complaints in America even without having yet been broadcast; the U.S.-based Human Rights Campaign protested that the ad played into "the notion that the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community is a group of second-class citizens and that violence against GLBT people is not only acceptable, but humorous." No response was reported from T, but one assumes he finds the situation pitiable.

Assuming YouTube doesn't pull them, here's four ads from the series, starting with the speedwalker:

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