Pepsi pulls Amp iPhone app
Soft drink company twitters apologyAfter enduring a week of criticism that an iPhone application for its AMP Energy brand is sexist, Pepsi decided to pull the plug on it.
"We have decided to discontinue the AMP iPhone application," a Pepsi spokesman said in a statement. "We've listened to a variety of audiences and determined this was the most appropriate course of action."
The "Amp Up Before You Score" iPhone application gave dudes a variety of pickup lines and background info through digital flip cards for 24 different types of women, ranging from "rebound girl" to "treehugger." It included a "brag list" for users to keep "a name, date and whatever details you remember" and encouraged users to "flaunt it" by broadcasting their scores via Twitter and Facebook updates.
The RGA-created application met with stiff criticism in blogs and on Twitter early last week, which quickly spilled over into news stories on National Public Radio, CNN and Fox News. The notoriety made the app one of the most popular free apps available for the iPhone.
Pepsi responded to the criticism with a Twittered apology on Oct. 12, saying it was meant to "show the humorous lengths guys go 2 pick up women." The post included the "#pepsifail" hash tag Twitterers were using to discuss the controversy. Pepsi was subsequently faulted for attaching the app to its brand rather than AMP's.