(WFLA/CNN Newsource) – Ancestry.com is apologizing for an advertisement that critics said romanticized slavery.
The video ad aired on television and was posted to YouTube.
It depicted a white man in the 1800s asking a black woman to escape to the north with him.
The man holds a ring in his left fingers.
As the video ends, a “marriage certificate” appears on the screen, saying the couple portrayed wed in Canada in 1857.
The ad was criticized for evoking images of slavery in the United States and a time when black women were subjugated and raped by white slave owners.
The DNA testing company said in a statement, “Ancestry is committed to telling important stories from history. This ad was intended to represent one of those stories. We very much intended to represent one of those stores. We very much appreciate the feedback we have received and apologize for any offense that the ad may have caused.”