apologizes and deletes ad after critics say it romanticized slavery | 4/18/2019 | Staff
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Click For Photo: apologized Thursday for a controversial advertisement published to its YouTube channel earlier this month. The ad appeared to show a white man trying to convince a black woman in what appears to be in the antebellum South to head North with him to get married. It received immediate backlash online, with many people claiming the ad ignores the violent history of slavery.

The ad — called "Inseparable" — was uploaded to Ancestry's channel at the beginning of the month. The caption of the video described the two actors in the video as "lovers."

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"Abigail," the man says as he shows her what appears to be a wedding ring. "We can escape to the North. There's a place we can be together, across the border."

The woman attempts to respond, but the man interrupts, asking "Will you leave with me?"


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