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2014-05-11 11:31:50 PM
wait, let me laugh even harder.
 
2014-05-11 11:41:17 PM
 
2014-05-11 11:50:42 PM
#boycotticecream

There. I solved the problem forever.
 
2014-05-11 11:52:00 PM
OK, so because some racist asswipe took "Turkey In The Straw" and wrote offensive lyrics for it, that's what all the ice cream trucks are playing?

I think I may possibly need a bit more evidence.  Like if the first ice cream trucks to play the song played it with the "N*gger Love a Watermelon" lyrics included, and if someone posts a video of that.  Then I'll buy the concept.  Otherwise, it's "Turkey in the Straw".  Which is weird-ass enough for an ice cream truck.
 
2014-05-11 11:54:12 PM
So, if I understand this article correctly...that means I can get watermelon ice cream?
 
2014-05-12 12:02:23 AM

dahmers love zombie: OK, so because some racist asswipe took "Turkey In The Straw" and wrote offensive lyrics for it, that's what all the ice cream trucks are playing?

I think I may possibly need a bit more evidence.  Like if the first ice cream trucks to play the song played it with the "N*gger Love a Watermelon" lyrics included, and if someone posts a video of that.  Then I'll buy the concept.  Otherwise, it's "Turkey in the Straw".  Which is weird-ass enough for an ice cream truck.


THIS.

In high school, they brought in a very angry lady to talk to (read: shout at) us about sexism in the media. I will never forget how she showed us a series of "Got Milk?" ads (you know, the milk moustache ones) and then, sly grin on her face, showed us a, shall we say, pornographically-influenced parody ad that left very little to the imagination. She spent the next ten minutes explaining to us that milk ads were really just money shot jokes and that we should all be ashamed of ourselves for not realizing this sooner and that milk is basically a misogynistic racket.

I wish I could say that even a small fraction of that was made up.

/yeah, yeah... csb...
 
2014-05-12 12:14:23 AM

dahmers love zombie: OK, so because some racist asswipe took "Turkey In The Straw" and wrote offensive lyrics for it, that's what all the ice cream trucks are playing?

I think I may possibly need a bit more evidence.  Like if the first ice cream trucks to play the song played it with the "N*gger Love a Watermelon" lyrics included, and if someone posts a video of that.  Then I'll buy the concept.  Otherwise, it's "Turkey in the Straw".  Which is weird-ass enough for an ice cream truck.


THIS.
 Any one of us could probably come up with offensive lyrics to damned near anything.
Mary blew a little lamb.
 
2014-05-12 12:19:33 AM

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: dahmers love zombie: OK, so because some racist asswipe took "Turkey In The Straw" and wrote offensive lyrics for it, that's what all the ice cream trucks are playing?

I think I may possibly need a bit more evidence.  Like if the first ice cream trucks to play the song played it with the "N*gger Love a Watermelon" lyrics included, and if someone posts a video of that.  Then I'll buy the concept.  Otherwise, it's "Turkey in the Straw".  Which is weird-ass enough for an ice cream truck.

THIS.

In high school, they brought in a very angry lady to talk to (read: shout at) us about sexism in the media. I will never forget how she showed us a series of "Got Milk?" ads (you know, the milk moustache ones) and then, sly grin on her face, showed us a, shall we say, pornographically-influenced parody ad that left very little to the imagination. She spent the next ten minutes explaining to us that milk ads were really just money shot jokes and that we should all be ashamed of ourselves for not realizing this sooner and that milk is basically a misogynistic racket.

I wish I could say that even a small fraction of that was made up.

/yeah, yeah... csb...


Heh...in my copy classes in college we did an entire section on "foods with dipping sauce" advertisements. Every single one was supposedly some kind of phallic symbol with a money shot.  Before that class I never even thought about it. But now? It's all that I can picture when i see one. That class turned my mind into a perverted mess!
 
2014-05-12 12:28:25 AM

Tellingthem: That Guy What Stole the Bacon: dahmers love zombie: OK, so because some racist asswipe took "Turkey In The Straw" and wrote offensive lyrics for it, that's what all the ice cream trucks are playing?

I think I may possibly need a bit more evidence.  Like if the first ice cream trucks to play the song played it with the "N*gger Love a Watermelon" lyrics included, and if someone posts a video of that.  Then I'll buy the concept.  Otherwise, it's "Turkey in the Straw".  Which is weird-ass enough for an ice cream truck.

THIS.

In high school, they brought in a very angry lady to talk to (read: shout at) us about sexism in the media. I will never forget how she showed us a series of "Got Milk?" ads (you know, the milk moustache ones) and then, sly grin on her face, showed us a, shall we say, pornographically-influenced parody ad that left very little to the imagination. She spent the next ten minutes explaining to us that milk ads were really just money shot jokes and that we should all be ashamed of ourselves for not realizing this sooner and that milk is basically a misogynistic racket.

I wish I could say that even a small fraction of that was made up.

/yeah, yeah... csb...

Heh...in my copy classes in college we did an entire section on "foods with dipping sauce" advertisements. Every single one was supposedly some kind of phallic symbol with a money shot.  Before that class I never even thought about it. But now? It's all that I can picture when i see one. That class turned my mind into a perverted mess!


Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar...
 
2014-05-12 12:49:52 AM
Well, thanks research guy. I never considered 'Turkey In the Straw' racist and hateful until now. Next time I have a rocky road double scoop, I'll call the NAACP first to ask if it's ok.
 
2014-05-12 01:32:52 AM
In my neighborhood, the ice cream truck played "Sailing, Sailing"/"Sinbad the Sailor."
 
2014-05-12 01:49:09 AM

TommyymmoT: Mary blew a little lamb.


Jack and Jill went up the hill, each with a buck and a quarter.
Jill came back with two-fifty.

OH!!
 
2014-05-12 02:15:50 AM

Aarontology: #boycotticecream

There. I solved the problem forever.


Almost. You're one shoop away.
 
2014-05-12 03:18:49 AM
You know what Attractive and successful African Americans like? Deep fried turkey in the straw.

They also love watermelon. Don't be casting no aspersions. Watermelon is delicious.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-eitsutpOc
 
2014-05-12 03:27:18 AM

gopher321: Well, thanks research guy. I never considered 'Turkey In the Straw' racist and hateful until now. Next time I have a rocky road double scoop, I'll call the NAACP first to ask if it's ok.


So it's okay when I only give the guy $3 for the $5 chocolate sundae?
 
2014-05-12 03:27:48 AM

TommyymmoT: Mary blew a little lamb.


go on....
 
2014-05-12 03:27:59 AM
Yeah I'm pretty sure everyone knows it as Turkey in the Straw.
 
2014-05-12 03:30:11 AM
it's cool, the ice cream man is taking it back.
 
2014-05-12 03:30:47 AM
I dunno...if the fact that 99% of the oppressors don't realize its a racist song...does it really matter?
 
2014-05-12 03:31:02 AM
Enni Minni Miney Moe...
 
2014-05-12 03:31:36 AM
Local ice cream trucks around here play Pop Goes the Weasel a lot. (Damn racist monkey.)
 
2014-05-12 03:32:59 AM
If you know it as "the ice cream truck song" and not "that racist version of turkey in the straw", you're not really perpetuating racism then are you?  You are responding to conditioning that makes you dash for your wallet and out to the street and there's nothing racist about green money.  Unless you're a frog offended at that association.  Or a pig, desperately in love with a frog who might be offended.  Though I always felt Ms. Piggy was a bit of a gold digger anyway.
 
Skr
2014-05-12 03:35:45 AM

lewismarktwo: Enni Minni Miney Moe...


catch a 'tiger' by the toe
 
2014-05-12 03:36:25 AM
Idiots should have more appropriately played:  "Rich nubians in Paris".
 
2014-05-12 03:36:44 AM
I'm pretty sure that melody has existed longer than those lyrics, but even if he's right and it's not:

If everyone forgot that the song is racist, to the point that nobody is offended by it, what purpose does it serve to dredge up the old lyrics? Yay, now a cute little melody is ruined and people that were previously not offended are.

"There is simply no divorcing the song from the dozens of decades it was almost exclusively used for coming up with new ways to ridicule, and profit from, black people."? Well, either the article is redundant trash telling people what they already knew, or that assertion is false because people didn't know about those decades.
 
2014-05-12 03:39:41 AM
 
2014-05-12 03:44:51 AM
I never heard of the watermelon song until now and I hadn't heard it until a few minutes ago after reading the article and then going to youtube.
Catchy tune.

I wish ice cream trucks would play "fark the police" instead, however.
 
2014-05-12 03:44:55 AM
Hickory, Dickory, Doc,
This chick was suckin' my...
 
2014-05-12 03:46:57 AM
Everytime I see the words "Minstrel Show" I get visions of women on their period doing performance art.
 
2014-05-12 03:51:37 AM
On top of old smokey is really about school shootings

On top of old smokey
all covered with blood
I shot my poor teacher
with a 44 slug
I went to her funeral
I went to her grave
everybody threw flowers
I threw a grenade
 
2014-05-12 03:53:05 AM
Joy to the world is really about cannibalism

Joy to the world, the teacher's dead
we barbecued her head!
What happened to the body?
We flushed it down the potty!
And round and round it went,
and round and round it went
and rouuund and round and round it went
 
mhd
2014-05-12 03:54:59 AM
So this is the swastika of ad jingles?
 
2014-05-12 03:55:45 AM

Mad_Radhu: Now... Vader, he's a spiritual brother, y'know, down with the force and all that good shiat. Then this cracker, Skywalker, gets his hands on a light saber and the boy decides he's gonna run the farkin' universe; gets a whole clan of whites together. And they go and bust up Vader's hood, the Death Star. Now what the fark do you call that?


Intergalactic civil war?


/somebody had to
 
2014-05-12 03:55:50 AM
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After reading this thread, I think Garrett has the right musical response.
 
2014-05-12 03:56:46 AM
Turkey in the Straw is Public Domain.  *THATS* why it's the "ice cream truck song" Period. End of story.  If trucks had to pay royalties, they'd be broke.
 
2014-05-12 03:58:40 AM
I don't care if it's racist or not. All I know is by June, I will so sick of that song I'll be tempted to get on the roof of my apartment with a rifle and go all Texas Book Depository on the Ice Cream Man's ass.

/live across the street from a park
//hear this song non-stop for about 5 months a year
 
2014-05-12 04:01:02 AM

Snarfangel: So, if I understand this article correctly...that means I can get watermelon ice cream?


I does so loves me that JOLLY RANCHER WATERMELON ICE

/seriously, if you haven't visited and ice cream truck lately give it a go.
 
v15
2014-05-12 04:06:20 AM
The lyrics were written to an existing tune. This racist version was released by Columbia Records which is owned by Sony. Sister companies include Arista, RCA, BMG, Epic, CBS, etc. I would suggest the author of the article dropping his grievance because it is beyond ridiculous now.
 
2014-05-12 04:07:19 AM

Lorelle: In my neighborhood, the ice cream truck played "Sailing, Sailing"/"Sinbad the Sailor."


For some reason that came out in my head as 'Barnacle Bill the Sailor'. That would be the best ice cream man ever.
 
2014-05-12 04:08:15 AM
"Turkey in the Straw" is also the underlying melody for "Do Your Boobs Hang Low?"

/just sayin'
 
2014-05-12 04:16:51 AM
Huh, the I've creams trucks around here played "The Entertainer"
 
2014-05-12 04:18:14 AM

Frederick: TommyymmoT: Mary blew a little lamb.

go on....




Mary had a little sheep

And with the sheep she went to sleep

Mary had a little lamb


/ read on the bathroom wall in Jr High back in the 70's
 
2014-05-12 04:20:06 AM
Reminds me of this.
 
2014-05-12 04:20:21 AM

ILoveBurritos: Huh, the I've creams trucks around here played "The Entertainer"


Hmmmm, that is sort of minstrel flavored in a ragtime way.
 
2014-05-12 04:22:38 AM

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: dahmers love zombie: OK, so because some racist asswipe took "Turkey In The Straw" and wrote offensive lyrics for it, that's what all the ice cream trucks are playing?

I think I may possibly need a bit more evidence.  Like if the first ice cream trucks to play the song played it with the "N*gger Love a Watermelon" lyrics included, and if someone posts a video of that.  Then I'll buy the concept.  Otherwise, it's "Turkey in the Straw".  Which is weird-ass enough for an ice cream truck.

THIS.

In high school, they brought in a very angry lady to talk to (read: shout at) us about sexism in the media. I will never forget how she showed us a series of "Got Milk?" ads (you know, the milk moustache ones) and then, sly grin on her face, showed us a, shall we say, pornographically-influenced parody ad that left very little to the imagination. She spent the next ten minutes explaining to us that milk ads were really just money shot jokes and that we should all be ashamed of ourselves for not realizing this sooner and that milk is basically a misogynistic racket.

I wish I could say that even a small fraction of that was made up.

/yeah, yeah... csb...


 You mean to tell me that the Got Milk ads  aren't money shot jokes snuck past an unwitting audience?
 
2014-05-12 04:24:08 AM
The one in my neighborhood plays "The Entertainer", written by renowned KKK grand wizard  Scott Joplin.
 
2014-05-12 04:25:03 AM
 
2014-05-12 04:35:13 AM
I knew of an ice cream truck that played the music of Jean-Baptiste Lully. One day though, by a tragic coincidence, the operator dropped a pointed sugar cone on his foot, and died five days later from gangrene.
 
2014-05-12 04:50:35 AM
So by the same twisted NPR liberturd logic since Joseph Haydn composed the music used for the Nazi anthem Deutschland Über Alles 1797 anyone listening to Haydn today is a Nazi. What a bunch of farking PC tards. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ8zUcg_Lks
 
2014-05-12 04:56:33 AM
The Entertainer is racist?!?
 
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