There's 'tone-deaf', and then there's just plain offensive.
Irish people have been reacting with a mixture of both bemusement and horror at a picture that has been shared on Twitter.
It advertises a new Halloween-themed sundae dessert, the 'McDonald's Sundae Bloody Sundae' - a reference to the Bloody Sunday massacre which took place in Derry in 1972, in which 14 unarmed civilians were killed by British soldiers. In addition, there were two further Bloody Sundays in Irish history - in 1920 and 1913.
Portugal is cancelled. pic.twitter.com/X1egoGRq9j
— MyLimes Na gCopaleen (@bigmonsterlove) October 30, 2019
Some have speculated that they are referencing the U2 song 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' - but considering the song was about the Bloody Sunday massacre, it's not hard to put two and two together.
Others have also been comparing McDonald's tone-deafness to Nike, who infamously released the 'Black and Tan' trainers for St. Patrick's Day back in 2012.
Ben & Jerry's also released a 'Black and Tan' ice-cream at one point.
See the reaction below:
— Rodrigo Rivera📎 (@rodrigo1rivera) October 30, 2019
— Jeroen Keerl (@KEERL_IT) October 30, 2019
Er... McDonalds Portugal, I think this might not mean what you think it means pic.twitter.com/79biMGwAJ7
— 𝒞♡𝓂𝓅𝒶𝓆 𝒮𝒽𝒶𝓀𝓊𝓇 (@stevelord) October 30, 2019
— Chris 🤬 Gray 🇮🇪🏴🇪🇺 (@chriostoir_g) October 30, 2019
— Barry Walsh (@bazzwalsh) October 30, 2019
Jesus Portugal that is not ok pic.twitter.com/OnA8FCcQ4P
— 𝗔𝗶𝗱𝗮𝗻 𝗢’𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻 (@artimusfoul) October 30, 2019
@McDonalds ..not ok!
— Eva Corbett (@CorbettEva) October 30, 2019
So far, McDonald's have not commented on the matter.
UPDATE, 2PM Oct 31st: McDonald's Portugal have issued an apology and say that the 'Sundae Bloody Sundae' campaign has been pulled.
In a statement to The Guardian, they said: "When promoting its Halloween Sundae ice cream, McDonald’s Portugal developed a local market activation for a small number of its restaurants in Portugal.