Careem is under fire due to its latest marketing campaign. Reportedly, the ride-hailing company attempted to capitalize on some of the most recognizable political slogans in recent history. Unfortunately for them, their latest campaign has prompted calls for boycott of the company.
Users have threatened to uninstall the Careem app after which the company issued an apology.
The ride-hailing company poked fun at many slogans and political terms – be it martial law, court cases – and everything in between for their latest promo code.
To be fair, some social media users did find Careem’s campaing hilarious, but an overwhelming amount of users have criticized Careem for tapping into political sentiments.
The company dabbled with the trademark slogans of all the three big political parties (PML-N, PTI, PPP) to promote its codes.
Here is the campaign that Careem launched recently during the election season.
What did careem do :l
— Shazmeme 🌚 (@sadraptorshazo) July 9, 2018
The “111” refers to military’s 111th Infantry Brigade that is known for its role in military coups.
And here is how the social media users reacted to the campaign:
Looks like Christmas came early for Uber in Pakistan. Careem Pak app being deleted for obnoxious political advertising.
— Gul Bukhari (@GulBukhari) July 9, 2018
— Nausheen Yusuf (@nausheenyusuf) July 9, 2018
— Saad Rafique (@msaadrafiquepk) July 9, 2018
— Liaquat Hussain🌐 (@Liaqyat) July 9, 2018
I'm not sure anymore whether to trust Careem over their apology. As the damage has been done to people's feelings when other mindsets ridicule people using your ads. You may be laughing in your seats while typing these apologies as, the damage has been done. Goodbye Careem.
— The Rebellion (@farooqqudrat) July 9, 2018
You should not get involved in politics.
— Umair Chauhan (@Umair_Chauhan) July 9, 2018
Some did find the “funny side” to it after all.
Okay I'm in love with Careem. pic.twitter.com/sO5cglaizT
— HASSAN حسن (@AurTezHassan) July 9, 2018
I feel like at this point, every one is bashing careem just to get a reply from their verified account so that they could verify their existence..
— SRK (@syedrawalkamal) July 9, 2018
@CareemPAK I absolutely adore Careem for spreading awareness and urging people to vote. Learn to take jokes lightly and play your part in the forthcoming elections.
— Farah Zaki (@ofarahzakio) July 9, 2018
Now it's high time for careem to introduce a new promo code i.e. ROK SAKKO TO ROK LO 😂
— Maida Farid (@maidaFarid_) July 9, 2018
I am a political worker and not really offended by the obnoxious promos of careem. Take it as a softer side and laugh it off.
— Ali Waqas Aulakh (@bonbondude) July 9, 2018
I am not boycotting Careem!
— سعدیہ (@khwamkhwah) July 9, 2018
I really don't get why people are getting so offended my careem's slogans. They're hilarious. Y'all are too sensitive.
— ghina (@ghinashaikh) July 9, 2018
The company officially issued an apology and told that they are “politically neutral”.
We sincerely apologise for hurting your sentiments. Careem is politically neutral and our election taglines covered all popular political slogans. Our singular aim is to get everyone to the polling stations. #CareemForDemocracy pic.twitter.com/VoDMhbLM8q
— Careem Pakistan (@CareemPAK) July 9, 2018
What is your say on the matter? Too political or too funny?