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WTF Did He Say?

With the Republican convention under way there are tons of speeches from the podium to pick apart–not least of which is Michelle Obabm’s Melania Trump’s opening night speech. With all that political rhetoric it can be hard to know what the party really thinks.  But Congressman Steve King wants to lay it out plainly for you: Whites rule, the rest of you subhumans drool.

Just in case the shock was too much to hear it all, it went a little like this:

King: This whole “white people business” does get a little tired, Charlie.  I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these categories of people you’re talking about .  Where did any  sub group of people contribute more to civilization?

Hayes: Than white people?

King: Than western civilization itself that’s rooted in Western Europe Eastern Europe and the United States of America and everyplace where the footprint of christianity settled the world.

Look, if you have an old drunk uncle that wants to spout that from a broken down recliner after Thanksgiving dinner, this kind of claptrap may be expected.  Let’s be clear, though, this guy is a sitting congressman–he makes decisions about how our country will run, and he just laid out White Supremacy Theory #1 live on TV with no shame to his game. The only appropriate reaction may be this:

He seems ignorant to the fact that writing, law, math, science, architecture and all other civilization was born on the continent of Africa, and was well in evidence in the advanced civilizations of the Chinese, Egyptians, Incan, Phoenicians and others.  Even the Greeks he credits with civilization were studying in the great libraries of Timbuktu in Mali before Europe was Europe.

So while the mainstream media is chewing up Melania Trump, this little gem of racism goes largely noticed by the people this man is sworn to serve. That’s a good reminder that just when you are least expecting it, if you listen close, the GOP will tell you exactly who they are.

When Dumb Is Smart

Ah, the siren call of dinging notifications–we love them, we hate them, we seem doomed to live with them.  When was the last anything you did that was not interrupted by a phone? If you’re like the other 187 million people in the US that own a smart phone, you wonder sometimes if it owns you.  But what if you could take back control of that little electronic beast?

Enter the dumb phone case, invented by Jeff Lam at Weiden & Kennedy  .   It seems only right to have and ad maker try to save us all from our phones: who knows better how to make media intrusive than an ad exec?  Here is the answer to all your distraction.

Not only will this phone save you from the lure of your phone, dude’s not even going to charge you for your freedom.  You can print this phone case out yourself using a 3d printer.  No printer? No problem:  here is a map of all the 3d printers in like…the world.

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We have the concept to help you de-phone, and now you have the technology.  The question is do you really want to be free?

 

 

Blackface: Neva Eva Eva

If there’s one rule you can bet your lunch money on it’s that putting on blackface will get you flamed.  It may get you lots of hits–you’re sure to get attention, but it may not be the attention you crave.  Quick-someone send a link to smntks to Boglarka Balogh before she keeps helping African woman show off their beauty to the world! The Hungarian photographer, well travelled across the continent (of Africa) wanted to bring attention to the wide diversity and beauty of African women.  In order to show African’s finest she took a bunch of pictures of…herself.

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Yup, that’s right.  Despite having a bunch of pictures of beautiful African women, she chose instead to don blackface and mimic her photoed beauties. Slowly for those in the back–in order to show how beautiful African women are she took their style and showed picture of herself a-la-“enough about me! What about you? What do you think of me?”

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This is where appreciation becomes appropriation.  The women are beautiful–so just show their pictures!  To assume that their beauty is only accessible when filtered through the lens of a white body is racist.  While I do believe that she believes that she is showing their beauty, she is little more than a thief, knocking off their looks and turning the authentic inauthentic. Boglaka, I admire the intention–and a dope set of passport stamps–but check you ego at the  door and let the true beauty of Africa that you’ve captured shine!

Not to throw shade, but duck: In a head to head match up of the women she copied, I’m sorry but Balogh loses to every one.  She looks best as herself, but most def can’t best an African beauty at being, well, an
African beauty.  You be the judge: who takes the cake?  Weigh in in the comment below for most beautiful African.

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Sexy…Cecil?

I’m pretty sure that when Cecil the Lion was murdered by illegal poachers headed by an American dentist, it wasn’t for his sex appeal.  And yet with months to go before Halloween, the first Sexy Cecil the Lion costume is yours for  a few bills….

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….with a cut to go to animal conservation of course….

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which makes it all okay. No, not really.  Please, Halloween responsibly.

Here, Ladies, Don’t Spend It All on Shoes

I came across this super cute ad from Australia’s ANZ Bank where little girls detail a world that seems weighted on their failure.  The depressing facts are spoken in sweetly by girls in some fantasy room, drenched with sunbeams and piled with books.  To top it off, there’s one tough little grasshopper who wants youth know how strong these girls can be.

Nice, right?  The ad is a part of a campaign by ANZ Bank to address the gender wage gap.  In addition to the ad, their announced they will be adding and extra $500 to the annuity funds of each of their 12,700 Australian female employees. That’s 6.3 million dollars  for the ladies: bonus!

Now I love free money as much as the next, and the bank is clearly articulating that they know the wage gap exists-soooo with you! As a woman that earns a wage, I’d rather be paid fairly–every year–than receive a lady-boys to make up for it.  That seems like a booby prize to me.  I wager I’m not the only woman who wants  wage equity, not a handout.

 

What’s for Dinner? Racism Again?!

Fool me one time, shame on you…

Fool me twice….

Yup, that’s right, everybody’s favorite down home racist has done it again.  despite being kicked off the food network for using the n-word, and having a heaping serving of her past unsavory racist comments exposed, this woman has learned nothing.

Deen posted this picture from the set of a new show she is shooting with the hashtag Transformation Tuesday–just in case you didn’t notice the brownface her son is wearing.  this just a few years after loosing everything  when her racist comments were exposed by a former employee.

What’s more, she tweeted out this photo from a set–meaning she is taping a show with her son in brownface.  The first time, shame on her, but this time, viewers have supported Deen’s comeback, and that’s on you, Deen fans.

At what point to we acknowledge that she is willfully, knowingly doing this?  Oh, I see we’ve passed that point. Paula, you are a racist.

Summer Smokes

I was out getting summer plants and beach chairs when I happened on this old school summer favorite:

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Candy cigarettes! Yup they still make that.  I’m old enough to recall puffing these flavorless sticks of sugar after our trips to the candy store in Orleans on Cape Cod.  That was long ago enough to suprise me when I saw they still make these gateway snacks.

taffy-turtles-fudge signSure the work cigarettes is gone, but the box, complete with european union style tax stamp at the top let’s kids know its still cool to smoke ’em if you got ’em.

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I Do Mind

Not to shame sex workers or Usher, but this song is just stupid.

Girl, I do mind.  If stripping is so empowering, then name a stripper.  Show me where they have the chance to wield power over anything but a penis.

Even when it comes to all those bills, strippers aren’t really rolling in the dough.  Stripper salary comparisons are hard to find, but estimated annual earning range from $25,000 to $120,000, with most falling at the low end of the scale.   Income from stripping also doesn’t take into account the emotional and physical toll of the job.  Usher, do you really want your girl grinding on old guys for a $20 bill?  You should mind.