Channel 4 with Sainsburys and 8 other major supermarket brands
Channel 4 and the UK’s major supermarkets - including Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose & Partners, set festive rivalries aside to stand together against racism. They came together in an unprecedented show of unity across two entire prime time ad breaks on Friday 27th November 2020.
Sainsbury’s had recently launched the first in a collection of nostalgic Christmas adverts which tells how a father and daughter’s excitement for Christmas gets them talking about Dad’s gravy and his ‘famous’ gravy song. It features a Black family which some people reacted to by posting offensive and racist comments on social media. It is not the first supermarket ad campaign to receive hateful abuse on social media.
The exclusive ad break takeovers marked the first time the supermarkets came together. Ads from Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, M&S, Tesco and Waitrose & Partners were split across the two breaks, airing one after the other – something the supermarkets would usually actively avoid. The activity carried the hashtag #StandAgainstRacism, and bespoke Channel 4 introductions explained to viewers that ‘Channel 4 stands up against racism. After the reaction to this year’s Sainsbury’s Christmas commercial, retailers have put their usual festive rivalries aside across two ad-breaks tonight to stand side by side with us too.’
The brands also stood together on social media where the ad breaks were published at the same time as the TV activity was broadcast on Friday evening. Many other non-supermarket brands supported the cause, which also featured in a host of publications.
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