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Desc:Books: CHECK 'EM OUT
Category:Advertisements, Classic TV Clips
Tags:90s, PSA, books, sir mix-a-lot, california raisins
Submitted:Yellow Lantern
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Old_Zircon - 2013-08-05
Ok, let's hear the "California Raisins aren't uncomfortably racist caricatures in hindsight" explain this.
SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-08-05
The problem with that is you'd have to ask why hiring white guys to sound like Marvin Gaye isn't racist or why a claymation raisin was white-ified with the voice of Buddy Miles.

Not to mention there aren't any white raisins, unless they've gotten mold. There are those golden raisins out there, but nobody I know likes those.

Spastic Avenger - 2013-08-05
There's a difference between a caricature of a black face and Blackface caricature. It's a good question to raise though.

StanleyPain - 2013-08-05
How is it racist? They're grapes. The song is "Heard it through the Grapevine", so they made them the Temptations.

I mean, gradually modifying them into more and more "urban" stereotypes over the ages is arguably racist, but when they originally appeared I didn't see anything that really struck me.

Old_Zircon - 2013-08-05
Pretty much as bad as the KKK.

MrBuddy - 2013-08-05
Grapes and raisins always hate black people, I thought everyone knew that.

snothouse - 2013-08-05
SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-08-05
5 stars for nostalgia, but I like the updated version of this concept better:

The Mothership - 2013-08-05
I'm a bit of a mix-a-lot completist, and I didn't know about this. Wow.
Gmork - 2013-08-05
I got the whole ceramic set still.
SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-08-05
Ceramic? Huh. Thought they only came in hard rubber.

Gmork - 2013-08-06
It was one of those "Paint these shitty white statues yourself!" things, and my auntie did an amazing job, even used silver reflective paint for the microphones. Spot-on.

BHWW - 2013-08-05
Some lumps of clay have exhorted me to check out these "books" so I think I shall!
Jet Bin Fever - 2013-08-05
Oh shit, nostalgia city on this one. I even remembered the words.
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