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Top 10 intercultural blunders of 2011

Published: Friday, Dec. 16 2011 8:06 a.m. MST

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Hiroko Masuike, Associated Press
Leading up to Puerto Rican Day in June, MillerCoors displayed Spanish ads in New York that used a play on words to imply that Puerto Ricans are drunkards. The company invited viewers to “become Puerto Rican” with an allusion to a Spanish word meaning “get drunk.” The beverage company issued an apology and pulled down all the ads prior to the holiday.

Winners: Puerto Ricans maintained their dignity by standing up for themselves and not allowing MillerCoors to equate their patriotism with drunkenness.
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Salt Lake City, UT

Another pizza-themed cultural blunder from 2011...

Donald Trump and Sarah Palin walk into a pizza shop in Manhattan. Except it's a chain restaurant. And The Donald eats his slice with a fork.

No self-respecting New Yorker would go to a chain pizzeria (especially when showing a guest the city). And the only proper way to eat it is to fold the slice in half lengthwise in your hand. Save the knife and fork for your pizza margherita in Napoli.

Sandy, UT

Seriously? You include Olivia Wilde about preparing "in Swiss" and let Obama go for his comment on the "Austrian language?"

Adam Wooten
Pleasant Grove, UT

Good point, ComSen1. That "Austrian language" comment could have been a good one to include. Thanks for the feedback!

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