Will Groupon Survive Its Tibetan Ad Crisis?

Groupon's Tibet Ad falls Flat with Super Bowl Viewers
Groupon's Tibet Ad falls Flat with Super Bowl Viewers

After watching Timothy Hutton describe the desperate situation in Tibet, and then comparing it to saving money at a Tibetan restaurant with Groupon, do you want to unsubscribe from Groupon's daily emails offering prepaid coupons for local merchants? If so, you're in good company.

A lot of people are doing so after watching the Tibetan spot and Groupon's other two Super Bowl commercials, that the unsubscription page was temporarily down Sunday evening. Several influential people, including the New Yorker's Tad Friend (calling it "appalling") and a surprising number of my Twitter friends, unsubscribed. One PR executive joked, "Groupon (clap, clap) Groupoff."