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    A new look to remove racial stereotyping

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    Uncle Ben's, Aunt Jemima and Mrs Butterworth's products to get new look to remove racial stereotyping

    We've seen statues of Confederate leaders and slave traders torn down as Black Lives Matter protests have flared up around the globe in recent weeks — and now corporations are making changes to the way they depict black people.

    Four big companies behind popular US food products with branding rooted in racial stereotypes have announced they're making changes.

    Mars, which owns the brand, said it was changing Uncle Ben's packaging as it had a responsibility to put an end to racial biases.

    "As we listen to the voices of consumers, especially in the black community, and to the voices of our associates worldwide, we recognise that now is the right time to evolve the Uncle Ben's brand, including its visual brand identity, which we will do," the company said in a statement.




    A 'hard look' at Aunt Jemima

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    Quaker Oats has also announced changes to its branding. The firm will rename the Aunt Jemima line, which features a smiling black woman on its packaging.

    The product line includes pancake mix, syrup and cornmeal.



    Mrs Butterworth's syrup

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    Similar announcements have been made by Mrs Butterworth's syrup and Cream of Wheat cereal.




    Cream of Wheat

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    The most recent announcement about packaging changes came from the makers of Cream of Wheat, which has also been criticised for its use of the Uncle Tom stereotype.

    B&G Foods said it was initiating "an immediate review" of its packaging, which has featured a black chef since at least 1918, according to the company's website.


    Uncle Ben'''s, Aunt Jemima and Mrs Butterworth'''s products to get new look to remove racial stereotyping - ABC News
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    Oh dear.

    .....as the overdone silliness continues.

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    "Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present."

    George Orwell
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    "Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present."

    George Orwell
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    Except history isn't being rewritten is it. Everyone still knows what happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Except history isn't being rewritten is it. Everyone still knows what happened
    There is plenty of rewritten history, it happens every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree
    "Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present."

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    Uncle Ben's, Aunt Jemima and Mrs Butterworth's products to get new look to remove racial stereotyping
    FFS


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    I didn’t even realize Mrs. Butterworth was black!

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    To be honest I don't get it.
    It depicts the /aunt jemima/uncle ben as purveyers of healthy foods. Where's the offense?
    And would it be considered similarly racial stereotyping if they were white?
    maybe I'm racist but I don't get the offense.

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    "Black Lives Matter" is rascist from the onset...

    ...it should be "All Lives Matter"

    Just sayin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    I didn’t even realize Mrs. Butterworth was black!
    I didn't realise having a monkey on a cereal box was racist either until yesterday.

    They'll be after my toothpaste next.

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    ^ "Darkie" toothpaste had its name changed to Darlie a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    To be honest I don't get it.
    It depicts the /aunt jemima/uncle ben as purveyers of healthy foods. Where's the offense?
    And would it be considered similarly racial stereotyping if they were white?
    maybe I'm racist but I don't get the offense.
    ...Aunt Jemima depicts a kitchen negress cooking for her white owners...Uncle Ben likely was a sharecropper who was forced to give a percentage of his rice crop to white landowners...their smiling faces suggest they were happy with their lot in life, serving their white masters...Betty Crocker, however, did her own cooking and is therefore a righteous white...

    ...I imagine Johnnie Walker Black will soon have a name change...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    ^ "Darkie" toothpaste had its name changed to Darlie a few years ago.
    Not in China.

    EXCLUSIVE: Darlie to rebrand – Colgate-owned ‘Black People Toothpaste’ to be reviewed amid Black Lives Matter demos

    US consumer brand Colgate-Palmolive has said that Darlie toothpaste – infamous for its racist branding and history – will be rebranded following enquiries by HKFP this week.


    The toothpaste was known as “Darkie” until 1989 when the owners apologised and replaced the name in English. But local advertising assured customers that it would still be called “Black People Toothpaste” in Chinese, as it was for decades.

    “Darlie is a Chinese brand owned by Colgate and our Joint Venture Partner, Hawley & Hazel,” a spokesperson for Colgate-Palmolive told HKFP. “For more than 35 years, we have been working together to evolve the brand, including substantial changes to the name, logo and packaging. We are currently working with our partner to review and further evolve all aspects of the brand, including the brand name.”


    In light of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement for racial equality, Quaker announced that it would drop its “Aunt Jemima” food brand on Wednesday, admitting its racial undertones. Meanwhile, Mars said this week that it was reevaluating its use of “Uncle Ben’s” branding for its rice products.


    “Darkie” remains a discriminatory slur in many western countries and the image on the packaging is still reminiscent of racist Black and White Minstrel Shows in the US. Darlie’s Hong Kong manufacturer, Hawley & Hazel, is owned by the New York-based Colgate-Palmolive.

    Colgate-Palmolive previously sought to distance itself from the Asian brand, removing references to their ownership from its website. Despite its decades-long commitment to Darlie, the firm has previously launched Black History Month campaigns and its own Black Leadership Network initiative.


    Neither Hawley & Hazel nor the multinational responded when asked by HKFP if they supported or opposed BLM.

    ‘Exploitative’

    Innocent Mutanga, co-founder of Hong Kong’s Africa Center, told HKFP earlier on Thursday that the black community were shocked that the brand still existed: “Colgate-Palmolive is profiting from exploiting racist and problematic images.”


    Mutanga said the Centre was “disappointed at the hypocrisy and performative aspect” of the brand after learning that the derogatory Chinese name remained whilst the English one was dropped.

    He called on the firm to take three steps: “Colgate-Palmolive needs to do three things in light of the BLM movement; 1. stop the brand, 2. make a public apology and 3. give out ALL the money they have ever made from this brand towards fighting against racial prejudice.”

    EXCLUSIVE: Darlie to rebrand - Colgate-owned 'Black People Toothpaste' to be reviewed amid Black Lives Matter demos | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

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    Thai woman highlights racism in her homeland





    Vlogger Natthawadee 'Suzie' Waikalo has experienced racism in Thailand because of her darker skin tone throughout her life. (Union of Catholic Asian News)

    June 18, 2020
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    BANGKOK, Thailand -- As global attention has been focusing on alleged systemic injustices and police brutality fueled by racism in the United States, a young mixed-race Thai woman wants to highlight what she says is widespread racial prejudice in her homeland.

    At a forum organized by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok about global Black Lives Matter protests, popular young vlogger Natthawadee “Suzie” Waikalo, whose father is from Mali and mother is from Thailand, said she has experienced various forms of racism in Thailand because of her darker skin tone throughout her life.

    “They let me go from my job and wouldn’t say why,” Natthawadee, 25, noted, adding that she later learned that she had been fired because her employer thought that her physical characteristics and demeanor “made the company look bad.”

    Meanwhile, on public transport some people would refuse to sit next to her, she said, citing racial prejudice as the probable cause.Even as a child in school, she was routinely mocked and ostracized because of her African looks, Natthawadee said.

    “After school, my sisters and I would talk over dinner about how we were made fun of, even though it shouldn’t be a dinnertime topic,” said Natthawadee, who calls herself “Blasian Chick” and “Blasian ML&TH Chocolate Girl” on various social media platforms where she posts sassy videos and has some 200,000 followers.

    “It’s a terrible feeling that you never forget,” she added.She stressed, however, that she would not be a passive victim in the face of taunts and would fight back against people who belittled her over her looks.“If they use nasty words with me, I [speak] right back,” Natthawadee said. “But I won’t attack their looks or skin color. I will say something about their upbringing that causes them to be so ignorant.”

    The Thai social media star laid the blame for ingrained prejudices on Thailand’s dominant beauty industry, television shows and cultural traditions whereby lighter skin is widely seen as prettier and more preferable, especially in women.

    Daytime soap operas, which are hugely popular, routinely feature fair-skinned actresses, many of whom have partial Caucasian heritage. Meanwhile, the role of villain is often reserved for people with darker skin.“Thai society still treats black skin as something unacceptable,” Natthawadee said. “You cannot [succeed] with this skin color.”

    Over the years various advertisements, including those made for skin-whitening products, have been lambasted for depicting darker skin as ugly and undesirable. Some of those adverts and commercials had such pronounced racial overtones that they grabbed headlines worldwide.

    Such prejudices about darker skin aren’t limited to Thailand, however, and they also prevail in neighboring countries where lighter skin is likewise seen as more preferable. In countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia, young women, especially in towns and cities, often go to great lengths to avoid being in the sun for fear of getting a tan.

    Across Southeast Asia, darker skin is traditionally associated with farmers who have been viewed as people with lower status, experts say.

    In Thailand, a country with an entertainment industry that is watched widely beyond its borders in Laos and Myanmar, an obsession with lighter skin has been wedded to prejudices about darker skin, observers say.

    Racism in the country “manifests itself in a [plethora] of nuanced yet heinous large-scale exploitation,” Palis Pisuttisarun, a young Thai social activist who studies at Harvard University in the US, argued in a commentary article last week.

    “There exist stereotypes, biases, and judgments — even if secretly whispered — which incite many of the racial issues present at a larger scale. We see buses toting whitening cream adverts and dark-skinned actors perpetually clowning around in comedic roles on TV every day.”

    A prominent Thai political scientist who participated at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club event last week argued, however, that racism is less pronounced in Thailand than it used to be.

    “As Thailand becomes more cosmopolitan, raw racism has not been eliminated, but there is lot less than there was in the past,” said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a professor of political science at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

    “Thais’ discrimination comes from ignorance rather than hatred as we are seeing in America today,” Thitinan said. “Racial prejudice from ignorance can be rectified easier than deeply ingrained racism.”That assessment has rubbed a Bangkok-based American foreign correspondent the wrong way, however.

    “Isn’t that statement itself racist?” he fumed. “So [the professor] is suggesting that Thais are racists because they don’t know better, but white people are racists because they’re naturally hateful bigots.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...Aunt Jemima depicts a kitchen negro cooking for her white owners...Uncle Ben likely was a sharecropper who was forced to give a percentage of his rice crop to white landowners...their smiling faces suggest they were happy with their lot in life, serving their white masters...Betty Crocker, however, did her own cooking and is therefore a righteous white...

    ...I imagine Johnnie Walker Black will soon have a name change...
    Not to mention Johnie Walker Red (injuns) Or Johnie Walker Blue (Incels)

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    There is plenty of rewritten history, it happens every day.
    I'd love to hear more unless you're going to give me examples like Chinastan, Russia or North Korea.

    Because of course 1984 was based on Orwell's hatred of Stalin and his experiences fighting against Stalinism in Spain, and of totalitarianism in general.

    Throwing away a statue of a Bristol slave trader does not wipe that man's history at all.

    The history books will still report that an entitled Englishman of the era profited handsomely from slave trading and used some of his wealth for charity.

    So pray, how is that "rewriting history"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    I didn't realise having a monkey on a cereal box was racist either until yesterday.

    They'll be after my toothpaste next.
    If it were in fact your toothpaste you would have known about the name change. Why lie?

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    “Thais’ discrimination comes from ignorance rather than hatred as we are seeing in America today,” Thitinan said. “Racial prejudice from ignorance can be rectified easier than deeply ingrained racism.”
    Translation: "Our racism is better than American racism".

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Uncle Ben likely was a sharecropper who was forced to give a percentage of his rice crop to white landowners.
    Oh OK Tom, that's quite a yarn you are spinning. Where's screechy to give a sad ending and then Leo and crew to to moralise over the whole sordid tale - this just gets better. Do we get to find out more tomorrow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
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    Don't matter, i raised it but got no takers - seems genocide is out trumped by racism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Vlogger Natthawadee 'Suzie' Waikalo
    is there a lulu review ?

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    A prominent Thai political scientist who participated at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club event last week argued, however, that racism is less pronounced in Thailand than it used to be.











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    Miss Chiquita, 1944-Present

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    Company: Chiquita

    Originally a sexy banana, the mascot is now a sexy banana seller.
    She wears a Carmen-Miranda-esque fruit hat that gives an exotic and idealised image of the tropics.

    Source: Chiquita

    #stopidealisingthetropics

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    Land O’Lakes butter, 1928-2020

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    Land O’Lakes recently changed the packaging for its consumer products to remove the image of a Native American woman with a feather in her hair.
    The change was implemented ahead of the company’s 100th anniversary.

    The new packaging is very similar to the original, save for the removal of the Native American woman.
    It also added the phrase “farmer-owned” above the Land O’Lakes name.


    Source: Business Insider

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