3.08.2012

Chock-Full of Fail and Then Some

When The Princess and the Frog was released in November 2009, Disney's first black princess pulled in a cool $267,045,765 mil at the worldwide box office and captured three Academy Award nominations.  And when someone decided to slap Princess Tiana's image on a package of Valentine's Day candy in 2012, they reminded us once again that she is, indeed, black. 

You know...in case anyone forgot.


People love to call us "hypersensitive" or say we're playing the race card when we call out crap like this, but contrary to popular belief, we're being neither.  Just like you can't convince me that someone at ESPN didn't know that ch*nk is a racist term for an Asian person, no one can tell me that someone somewhere at Disney didn't know that watermelon is a racist stereotype against black people. 

How anyone in Disney's PR department looked at that and thought that it passed the smell test truly boggles the mind.  But like Ankh said...it ain't about us.  Even a movie about a black princess, her black parents and her MoC prince-turned-love interest-turned-husband still ain't about us.

And of course, right on cue, here come the excuses for the inexcusable:
The reaction: Oof, says Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel. The packaging "either winks at or is completely oblivious of the stereotype that black people love watermelon." But labeling it "racism" is a "bit extreme" and "hypersensitive," says Brande Victorian at MadameNoire. Indeed, "it's hard to believe that anyone would intentionally make this kind of insensitive mistake," says Thembi Ford at Clutch. Though at the very least, it "should have set off an alarm" somewhere at Disney.  (Yahoo!News)
So....if it's not racism, then what is it?  Now, maybe it was an honest mistake by some idiot who's been living under a rock for the past century or maybe it wasn't, but does it really matter?  Because wrong is wrong, and racism is racism and people really need to stop tip-toeing around this stuff like that's going to make it go away.

Placing Jeremy Lin's face above a fortune cookie is racist; emailing a "joke" about the president's mother having sex with a dog is racist; and yes, putting a black woman on a package of watermelon-flavored candy is racist.  Whether it was an accident made by some wide-eyed innocent or the intentional act of a flaming bigot, it's still racist.  I know that may be hard for some people to accept, but once again, does it really matter?  The short answer is no, and the long answer is hell no.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  post-racial my ass.

4 comments:

  1. See this is why of all the Republicans running, I'd vote for Santorum first. As batshit fucked up as he is, there's none of this gaslighting, goal post shifting, wink-wink racism and bigotry. He makes it abundantly clear where he stands and doesn't play stupid when he gets called on it (he's just really that much of an idiot).

    But again, we still live in the society where being called a racist is WORSE than the actual racism.

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    1. @Neo

      "But again, we still live in the society where being called a racist is WORSE than the actual racism."

      This!! And this proves just how much of a drug white privilege is. Even when they are being hurtful to others, the feelings of whites MUST be protected!

      White Person: "Don't call me a racist it hurts my feelings."
      Person of Color: "Well then don't call me a nigger etc..."
      White Person: "Why are you being so sensitive?"
      White Person#2 or Confused PoC: "Yeah! And what about freedom of speech!!?"

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    2. White Person: "Don't call me a racist it hurts my feelings."
      Person of Color: "Well then don't call me a nigger etc..."
      White Person: "Why are you being so sensitive?"
      White Person#2 or Confused PoC: "Yeah! And what about freedom of speech!!?"


      Perfectly stated.

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  2. Bingo - when it's racist, it's racist, and that's pretty much the end of story.

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