Is this something to complain about - to me this commercial is innocent.. I can't believe that it was done to mock the situation at all . And to have black actors to be in this scene. Some things just need to be left alone . Crunkatlanta
Walmart has said it is re-editing a commercial featuring a black man mouthing 'I can't breathe', after viewers complained it reminded them of the Eric Garner case.
The advert, for the Walmart Family Mobile, shows a man handing a cellphone to his overjoyed daughter who squeals and wraps her arms around her father, hugging him tightly.
'I can't breathe,' the dad mouths jokingly as he struggles.
The commercial first aired over the summer, but it appears to have struck a nerve in the wake of the high-profile death of Eric Garner, who died after being held in a choke hold by NYPD officer Daniel Palenteo.
In a video of the incident last July, the 43-year-old father could be heard yelling, 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe', as he was pushed to the ground.
Walmart Family Mobile ad