In an Audi commercial from China, a mother-in-law interrupts a wedding ceremony to inspect the bride, checking whether she's up to standard.
The older woman grabs the bride's nose and ears, pinches her lower lip and peers at her teeth and tongue. The bride gets an OK -- along with an extra warning to cover up her cleavage.
It's an ad from Ogilvy & Mather Beijing promoting used Audis that have been checked out and officially certified for resale. "An important decision must be made carefully," the tagline says.
But the ad is getting pushback on social media for comparing women to merchandise -- specifically, to used cars that need to be checked from every angle. The ad was surprising given that Audi has made campaigns tackling gender stereotypes a centerpiece in markets from Spain to the U.S. One social commenter contrasted the Chinese spot to Audi's messaging during the Super Bowl, about equal pay for women.