Discussion in 'Media' started by tigerbob, Jan 8, 2010.
For fuck's sake.
That's some funny shit. So now fried chicken along with wartermelon and red soda water plays on racial stereotypes. IMO a stereotype didn't just come into being overnight, there has to be some truth to it somewhere.
Red soda water. You see, that's a new one for me.
I'm glad Bob brought this up. I didn't because I was pretty damn sure that most, if not all, USMB members would see that it's not a racist ad. While there has been outrage on both sides of the Pacific on this I thought to myself,"self, USMB-ers aren't this fucking thick."
I was right.
Australia is a racist country in many ways, but not in this way - this was an American take on a perfectly innocent tv ad.
KFC has withdrawn the ad. Not because of any complaints here in Australia but because it is shit scared its American business will be affected.
That is pretty funny.
But what does this mean:
"light-hearted reference to the West Indian cricket team"
Kind of like a guy in a NY Yankees hat offering a hot-wing to a girl in a Boston Red Sox jersey, saying "Your team sucks, but that's no reason we can't have sex."
When the ad was made the West Indian cricket team was touring Australia. That is why West Indians were in the ad. Currently the Pakistani cricket team is touring Oz, and if they had been around at the ads conception, Pakistanis would have been used in the ad. If the NZ, England or South African crickets teams (99 percent made up of white, European males) had been touring Oz, then they would have been in the ad. It's called cultural ignorance on those who oppose the ad......
It would have worked with the Pakis, but with the others...not so much, unless the crowd was dressed in clothing that showed their support for their team.
I don't believe KFC was trying to be racist. However, their explanation falls flat. They've claimed Australians don't know about American racial stereotypes (isn't KFC an American company?) but West Indians certainly do...so it was a stupid ad.
Don't forget Hennesy and Malt Liquor...
...and shootin your "9" Gangster Style
BS..why should an ad aimed at the Australian public take America's mores, values and morals into consideration.....?
Just because KFC is an American company doesn't mean Aussie are aware, or even care, for US stereotypes...
It was not aimed at West Indians..the ad was run in Australia, not Barbados or Trinadad...
...the point of the ad was to keep the opposition supporters quiet, whoever they were. In this case, because they were touring Australia, it was West indian supporters. As stated, it could well have been English supporters
In that vein, why was it a stupid ad? The colour or race of the people was irrelvent...the team they supported is the only relevent factor...
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