Let’s Discuss

August 8, 2008 at 11:08 pm 7 comments

Here are two photos. Let’s talk about them, shall we?

I’m sick and tired of seeing black people stereotyped as happy purveyors of pancake syrup and sweet potato fixin’s and gay people profiled as being “vibrant” and “relaxed”. Let’s be a little more progressive, people.

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  • 1. parkrangerolivia  |  August 8, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    I think the first one is because sweet potatoes area Southern staple. I think that one is effective because I would buy a sweet potato product from a black person rather than some skinny bland white dude, hands down. I’m not being racist- it’s just an immediate reaction I have to my social conditioning (but you’re right, it’s probably an Aunt Jemima complex).

    Also- that second one is waaay outdated!!

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  • 2. parkrangerolivia  |  August 9, 2008 at 1:04 am

    aw crap, now i sound racist.

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  • 3. Ryan  |  August 9, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Rehoboth? Sounds suspiciously like a turn-em-straight camp.

    You’ve kind of got a disguised rehab in there, as well as hobo, which melds perfectly into both. I think it’s trying to say: If you two men make a lovely couple, come to us! With our fine spa facilities we’ll wash away that devilstink in no time and you can return to the real world as a functioning member of society!

    The only problem I have with the yam one is the dude looks like he’s simultaneously smug that he’s peddling his sweet potato spice to us, yet disgusted by the very sight and smell of the finished product.

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  • 4. Betty  |  August 9, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I know plenty of anxious, dull gay people; that sign is totally offensive. We should start a petition!

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  • 5. alisaurus  |  August 9, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I agree with Ryan’s comment about the sweet potato spice. I bet Wiley is thinking, “Take the picture already! …Who farted?”
    And in response to Rehoboth, can’t you see it’s the East Coast’s gay Shangri-La?! If that doesn’t spell all-men hot tub party, I don’t know what does.

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  • 6. abailes  |  August 11, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    You guys,
    I have some serious news. Wiley…Wiley…
    Wiley died last night from heart failure. The culprit, high cholesterol from yam fixin’s. Funeral service will be held at the McDonald’s on the corner of Flatbush and Lafayette….
    Limit of 2 cheeseburgers per person.
    Bring gravy.

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  • 7. parkrangerolivia  |  August 11, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    i’ll bring the okra if you bring the (spiked)sweet tea

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