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(truTV)   14 accidentally racist products. Skynyrd t-shirts curiously absent from the list   (trutv.com) divider line 280
    More: Dumbass, iBeat Blaxx, Hitler, assimilation, niggas, Marc Jacobs, Swedish companies, East Asians, J.C. Penney  
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2013-09-24 08:55:32 AM
How are Skynyrd shirts ACCIDENTALLY racist?
 
2013-09-24 09:24:08 AM
risiknoodles.files.wordpress.com

/parody of black Oreo Barbie
 
2013-09-24 09:38:13 AM
museumvictoria.com.au
 
2013-09-24 10:08:35 AM
Green Apple freshness toothpaste?  F*cking gross.
 
2013-09-24 10:10:15 AM
Sorry you're so offended by other cultures. Maybe you should just stay home and never leave your country.
 
2013-09-24 10:11:14 AM
How is 'Jig-a-loo' racist? The only word I can think of that it relates to is gigolo. That is not a race and I'm pretty sure that was the intended connotation for their brand of lubricant.
 
2013-09-24 10:12:47 AM
I'm not getting the Blaxx mp3 player and how it relates to Nazi's...
 
2013-09-24 10:12:49 AM

Egoy3k: How is 'Jig-a-loo' racist? The only word I can think of that it relates to is gigolo. That is not a race and I'm pretty sure that was the intended connotation for their brand of lubricant.


Put a "b" where the "l" is and you get a synonym for the n-word.
 
2013-09-24 10:12:54 AM
They should discuss article this on Fox & Friends. There would be plenty of "non-accidental" racist statements
 
2013-09-24 10:13:38 AM

Egoy3k: How is 'Jig-a-loo' racist? The only word I can think of that it relates to is gigolo. That is not a race and I'm pretty sure that was the intended connotation for their brand of lubricant.


the word you would be looking for is Jigaboo
 
2013-09-24 10:14:18 AM

styckx: I'm not getting the Blaxx mp3 player and how it relates to Nazi's...


The full name was the iBeat Blaxx, say that out loud, when you are alone.
 
2013-09-24 10:14:55 AM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Egoy3k: How is 'Jig-a-loo' racist? The only word I can think of that it relates to is gigolo. That is not a race and I'm pretty sure that was the intended connotation for their brand of lubricant.

the word you would be looking for is Jigaboo


"The jig is up!"
"...and gone!"

// didn't get that joke for many years
 
2013-09-24 10:17:56 AM
None of those products are racist, "accidentally" or otherwise.
 
2013-09-24 10:20:15 AM

Tom_Slick: styckx: I'm not getting the Blaxx mp3 player and how it relates to Nazi's...

The full name was the iBeat Blaxx, say that out loud, when you are alone.


I admit, it took me a couple of viewings to see what the problem was with that one....then it was a "Doh!" moment...
 
2013-09-24 10:22:28 AM

Tom_Slick: styckx: I'm not getting the Blaxx mp3 player and how it relates to Nazi's...

The full name was the iBeat Blaxx, say that out loud, when you are alone.


Oh man.. Ok.. Yep. That's hilariously accidentally  racist..
 
2013-09-24 10:23:41 AM
There's a car dealership in Seattle called Kompact Kar Kompany.  I don't think that was accidental though
 
2013-09-24 10:25:25 AM
Actually it's Korner not Kompany
 
2013-09-24 10:25:33 AM
I don't care what anybody says, these cookies are fantastic:

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-09-24 10:26:16 AM

styckx: I'm not getting the Blaxx mp3 player and how it relates to Nazi's...


I beat blacks
 
2013-09-24 10:29:53 AM

cgraves67: Egoy3k: How is 'Jig-a-loo' racist? The only word I can think of that it relates to is gigolo. That is not a race and I'm pretty sure that was the intended connotation for their brand of lubricant.

Put a "b" where the "l" is and you get a synonym for the n-word.


Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Egoy3k: How is 'Jig-a-loo' racist? The only word I can think of that it relates to is gigolo. That is not a race and I'm pretty sure that was the intended connotation for their brand of lubricant.

the word you would be looking for is Jigaboo


Thanks guys I didn't know that word existed but still I think the second part of my post is relevant. It seems more likely that the intended target was gigolo IMO.
 
2013-09-24 10:29:58 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-24 10:30:56 AM
Applying modern liberal American cultural standards to other cultures is racist.
 
2013-09-24 10:32:25 AM
Combat boots don't necessarily imply racism.  Their are anti-racist skinheads, but I think most people are unaware of that fact.
 
2013-09-24 10:33:13 AM
After years of empirical research, I have come to the conclusion that there are a wide variety of colors, facial features and body types within the human species.  To find out more about why it is a terrible idea to build your life around this fact, you can visit your local library.
 
2013-09-24 10:33:21 AM
...aaaand 75% of the general public still confuses "racial" with "racist"
 
2013-09-24 10:33:58 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-09-24 10:34:56 AM
This is the least racist image I could find of the now defunct Coon Chicken Inn chain of restaurants:

peterga.com

You should see their menus.
 
2013-09-24 10:34:57 AM

doubled99: ...aaaand 75% of the general public still confuses "racial" with "racist"


The other 25% are the racists :)
 
2013-09-24 10:35:21 AM
Ok, I'll do a couple:

Hitler Teapot - Ok, that's not "intentionally" or "unintentionally" anything. That's just stupid.

iBeat Blaxx MP3 Player - I think the company deserves some blame here. This isn't obscure slang or some double entendre. It literally sounds like, "I beat blacks."

Audi RS6 White Power - I'm guessing they're not marketing this model to Americans or the company execs would have been vaguely aware of white power groups in America and their enthusiastic embrace of racial supremacy, fascism and Hitler in particular.

Gookie - Meh. I can't get worked up over this. It's a cookie with filling that makes it gooey, so it's a play on the words "cookie" and "gooey," not a slur against a Vietnamese person.
 
2013-09-24 10:37:34 AM
We need to have a serious nationwide talk about branding things "racist".

Racism should involve either actual intent or the ignorance of one's own racism showing through.

Things that may appear raciest to those so inclined to see it, yet having no history or intent of racism should not be classified as such.

This would include things like swastikas () in an Asian or Native American context, or really in any non-Nazi context or product placements that were not run past someone specifically looking for racism.

I'm no scholar on the wold history of racism, and I've never heard of the term "Oreo" to refer to any black person. I would be cautious of in on instinct, but I can see where a lot of people wouldn't have that thought if they had been sheltered from most racism growing up. One could easily imagine that someone who didn't grow up in the U.S. or a handful of other countries would have no idea that they needed to watch out for people misinterpreting their actions.
 
2013-09-24 10:38:52 AM
Nothing racist about a Sue Storm arm band.
www.serialmente.com
 
2013-09-24 10:39:30 AM
If Ikea is responsible for someone misassembling their product, then Bic is responsible for someone using their pen to draw a swastika. Likewise, something written in a different language that sounds racist in English is not, in fact, racist.

Here's what racist advertising looks like  The comments are in French, but the adds are self-explanatory. The slogan of the first one is "beaten and happy"
 
2013-09-24 10:41:01 AM

eraser8: I don't care what anybody says, these cookies are fantastic:


Freaking awesome.
 
2013-09-24 10:41:14 AM
I call my wife the inadvertent racist.

Years ago we would walk our dog in a park near our house.  At a certain point in the path there was an area that if you were not wearing closed toed shoes (i.e. wearing sandals, flip flops), you would almost always be bitten by small unseen bugs or mites.  It felt like a small electric shock to your feet or ankles.  My wife would call it, "getting nipped".

One sunny day, while out walking our dog, we approached the area where we had so many times been attacked by the unseen menace.  My wife, looking down at the ground, said loudly to me, "here come the nips!".  At that exact moment (as if summoned by a higher power), a bicycle bell rang, and approaching us from no more than ten feet away, a family of Asian persuasion, a mother, father, and two children silently passed us on their bikes.

I call my wife the inadvertent racist.
 
2013-09-24 10:42:38 AM
si0.twimg.com

Sorry, I will apologize with a copy of Roots.
 
2013-09-24 10:43:20 AM
The gas station was the best by far.
 
2013-09-24 10:45:56 AM
A Skynard concert is the only place I've seen a Confederate flag north of mason-dixon.
 
2013-09-24 10:45:59 AM
 This just in. People who are actively looking for racism, sexism, or offensive content in everyday experiences will find them.
 
2013-09-24 10:46:33 AM
we had these in Colombia.

farm4.static.flickr.com

and this

dailypicksandflicks.com
 
2013-09-24 10:46:56 AM
The Irresponsible Captain:
This would include things like swastikas () in an Asian or Native American context, or really in any non-Nazi context or product placements that were not run past someone specifically looking for racism.

The Shaffer Hotel in Mountainair, New Mexico

http://www.shafferhotel.com/gallery/
 
Ant
2013-09-24 10:47:44 AM
A KKK turbocharger
upload.ecvv.com
 
2013-09-24 10:48:39 AM

Detinwolf: A Skynard concert is the only place I've seen a Confederate flag north of mason-dixon.


Try a NASCAR race.
 
2013-09-24 10:51:45 AM
www.secondpicture.com
preview.turbosquid.com
preview.turbosquid.com
4.bp.blogspot.com
www.tuvie.com
images.businessweek.com
si0.twimg.com
 
2013-09-24 10:52:16 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Sorry you're so offended by other cultures. Maybe you should just stay home and never leave your country.


So it's ok to be racist as long as it's another culture?
 
2013-09-24 10:52:42 AM
Our shop teacher told us to call the jigsaw a scroll saw.   I had to have the "jigaboo" invective explained to me.  After that I always called it the "saw of color."
 
2013-09-24 10:59:54 AM

Billy Bathsalt: Our shop teacher told us to call the jigsaw a scroll saw.   I had to have the "jigaboo" invective explained to me.  After that I always called it the "saw of color."


It's a band saw you farking bigot.
 
2013-09-24 10:59:55 AM
These aren't racist, just racial because you see, when you put certain words are put together they sound like insults and slurs but really, it's just normal in other countries because sometimes they have different names for things or different sayings in other countries other than the U.S.

There, see how smart I am to tell all of you this, so now, hopefully, you can stop having a laugh or even a smirk and go back to re-thinking your life because you needed me to come on here and tell you all this.
 
2013-09-24 11:00:07 AM
Whenever my car mechanic asks what kind of oil I want, I aways say nubianz, please.
 
2013-09-24 11:00:52 AM

FarkedOver: Combat boots don't necessarily imply racism.  Their are anti-racist skinheads, but I think most people are unaware of that fact.


Saw my fair share of Skins Vs. SHARPs (Skinheads Against Racial Predjudice) fights in the pits at shows back in the day.  Even saw Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones stop the band to break up a fight.  Made both guys shake hands and then hug a black horn player.  The skin was briefly reluctant, but I think he realized how outnumbered he was by a pissed off crowd.

SHARPs were always just as much dickheads as racist skins though.
 
2013-09-24 11:02:00 AM
I actually bought some of these from a clearance bin at the Redstone Arsenal Shopette.  I noticed it and thought it was funny because it made it to market without anyone noticing.
i.walmartimages.com
 
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