The title of the Cheerios commercial is "Just Checking" and a host of negative and astoundingly bad comments followed after it first aired. What's your take?
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This thinking is very backwards and counterproductive. Many of the people who are racist would never have the intestinal fortitude to admit it when asked. Yet, online many people become very bold in this regard. Many comments online reflect this.
I thought it was a cute and funny commercial. When I heard about a racist backlash, I could only think, no, not the Cheerios commercial and bam, that was exactly it.
Unfortunately in some areas and circles interracial people and families are not accepted or even tolerated. As for the advertisers, I have not seen anywhere near enough ads to feel that interracial people/families are being exploited or overused.
I have seen this commercial several times and my response was, "oh what a cute little girl! " I missed that her parents were of different colors. My daughter told me about the controversy. Shame on the bigots!
I agree & there are people who refuse to call themselves hyphenated versions of American but private employers, gov't, and others force it upon them. Despite this, some people are proud about their origins & becoming respectful of others as w
I'll take this one step further if you don't mind. I stayed and worked in Toronto, Canada for a time. When someone asked, I told them that I was an American. Not American- Canadian. Lack of hyphen was no problem for me or them.
Short, sweet, and true. But what does one get out of thinking this way? You don't grab more power/status or cash and it serves as an unnecessary division and trigger for anger and hurt. There are MANY more reasons to no like a person.
This is one of the reasons I want to travel abroad but many don't hold the same open mindedness for these things...one can only hope that one day they do.
I agree but there are some that are attempting to give the makers of Cheerios and moreover interracial families/people major backlash. It is simply sad that people react with anger to interracial people and what is a very cute commercial.
Smart efforts, but understanding what the real issues are can help a few see that a different person or family is not some insult or threat to them and may even lead to some level of respect or at least tolerance down the line.
Express......all very true...and would be great, in an ideal world. Sadly there are far too many ignorant A$$holes, who simply deserve to be ignored. All the understanding in the world can't change a mind filled with garbage.
Touche. Understanding a racist's motivation can help in changing them...if they will listen or have some motivation. Some will and some won't. It's sad that something as harmless as a cute commercial is seen as a trigger for such random hatred.
You are right, most of the people spewing hatred online don't have the guts to say it to someone's face.
I agree, I think negative reactions are a product of ignorance and fear of change.
However we seem to pay more attention, when it involves back and white, but this ignorance is just as deeply ingrained when it comes to crossing cultures and other races.
You are correct Justsilvie, racism is found across more than just black and white lines and also found within ethnicities as well, typically taking the form of fairer is better or somehow more worthy of anything good or great.
Justsilvie. You're right. But black and white comprises such a huge portion of our population, it's only natural to attract attention. That, in itself is discriminatory. The size of the group should have no bearing on it's importance. Nor should race
Makes you really wonder who these hateful people are...
Amen brother JThomp! The majority of people agree that what is more shocking is this backwards thinking is still going on in 2013.
Agreed my friend.
JThomp42. Too simply! lol. Look at the 1st time Clark Gable said,"damn". Jim Morrison said," get much higher". Elvis did the hip gyration. Kirk kissing Ogura. We, no doubt, got over that, didn't we? This too shall pass. Much-a-do about nothing.