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IKEA comes under fire for working with controversial FCBC pastor

Furniture brand IKEA has come under fire for partnering up with Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC) controversial pastor Lawrence Khong and partnering his magic show to offer promotions to its members.

Khong has been in the limelight for openly opposing homosexuality and campaigning to maintain a law that criminalises homosexuality.

Sandra Keasberry, Assistant marketing manager, IKEA Singapore told Marketing:

“We at IKEA Singapore recognise that the promotional collaboration with the Vision show has raised sensitivities among the community. We have been in contact with the show’s organisers today and we hope to find a resolution that is agreeable to both parties. Thank you for your patience, we will come back to you with updates tomorrow.”

A quick check by Marketing showed that at the time of writing, promotional ads on its website ongoing.

This has stirred strong reactions from netizens, with some lauding the brand for supporting traditional family values and others slamming it for supporting the show.

Your decision is so far from what Ikea always stand for, I will boycott your shop until or if it changes its decision……

Posted by Agnes Meurzec on Monday, April 20, 2015

Let me make it simple. Ikea had always given me the impression they are not supportive of any discriminatory policies or…

Posted by Eu Choon Leng on Monday, April 20, 2015

 

 Others have showed their support for Khong and IKEA:

Follow up on my posting on the complaint from LGBT on the promotion of Vision by Lawrence Khong. May I remind that there…

Posted by Tin Wai Hoong Desmond on Monday, April 20, 2015

Hold your ground, Ikea! Stand firm in what you believe in and do not waver.

Posted by Joyce Sun on Monday, April 20, 2015

Marketing has reached out to IKEA for more comments on the promotional ads currently running.

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