Bookies offer odds on ethnic origins of people in Microsoft Office 2010 ads

Bookmaker Paddy Power has responded to Microsoft’s crude photoshoping of the head of a white man on a Afro-American man's body, in its Polish advertisments, by offering odds of the racial diversity of those who will feature in its Office 2010 marketing material.

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Bookmaker Paddy Power has responded to Microsoft’s crude photoshoping of the head of a white man on a Afro-American man's body, in its Polish advertisments, by offering odds of the racial diversity of those who will feature in its Office 2010 marketing material.

Paddy Power says a racially diverse mix of white, Afro-American and Asian actors/models is favourite at odds of 11/10 favourite.

A white person paired with an Afro-American 9/4 second favourite with white only at 4/1 and Afro-American only at 6/1

Paddy Power said “This gaffe must have resulted in plenty of red faces in Microsoft but I’m sure that when it comes to the launch Office 2010 they will be ultra careful not be offend anyone.”

The starting prices are:

11/10 White, Afro-American and Asian
9/4 White and Afro-American
4/1 White only
6/1 Afro-American only
8/1 Asian only
10/1 Afro-American & Asian
12/1 White and Asian