Ok, let's hear the "California Raisins aren't uncomfortably racist caricatures in hindsight" explain this.
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.
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.
Grapes and raisins always hate black people, I thought everyone knew that.
RAISINS SHOULD ONLY BE PORTRAYED AS WHITES ANYTHING ELSE IS RACIST
5 stars for nostalgia, but I like the updated version of this concept better:
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I'm a bit of a mix-a-lot completist, and I didn't know about this. Wow.
I got the whole ceramic set still.
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.
Some lumps of clay have exhorted me to check out these "books" so I think I shall!
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Oh shit, nostalgia city on this one. I even remembered the words.
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