Update: ConAgra pulled three videos from YouTube on Thursday afternoon, after more than 40 people signed an online petition at Change.org:
Manwich launched a series of YouTube commercials featuring male characters who are interested in shopping, theater, and other non stereotypical male activities. Each commercial ends in a violent punch for the lead character and an over dub that says, "It's called a Manwich."
"We saw the petition letters come in," ConAgra spokesman Jeff Mochal told The Miami Herald Thursday afternoon. "They were created by the [Canadian advertising] agency and someone thought they were clever and posted them online. Here in the corporate office we weren't aware of it. We sent them a note and they took them off."
Mochal said ConAgra never authorized the commercials to be aired on television.
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Three Leo Burnett Toronto ads for ConAgra in Canada causing controversy: