UPDATE: Groups pull ad opposing AT&T takeover of T-Mobile over complaints of transphobia

Instant Tea called it transphobic, but some commenters disagreed. Either way, the ad has been pulled. From All Things Digital:

By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, the groups backing the ad had begun receiving complaints and a Sprint representative confirmed to Mobilized that the ads are being pulled.

“We believe the proposed transaction is really bad for consumers, the industry and the country,” a Sprint representative said. “We supported these efforts to get that message out broadly to consumers. We certainly apologize the material offended anyone. That was not our intent.”

—  John Wright

Sprint’s transphobic new ad opposing Dallas-based AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile

Dallas-based AT&T Inc. faces its first congressional hearing Wednesday on the company’s $39 billion takeover bid for T-Mobile USA. The deal is opposed by other mobile carriers including Sprint, which helped pay for the below ad declaring, “No matter how you dress it up, this takeover is bad for consumers and the economy.”


—  John Wright