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Controversial Sprinter Ad
Status: RealLots of blogs have been posting this recent Intel ad, pointing out the racist implications of six black men appearing to bow down to a white man. (I actually think all the crouching runners are the same guy, photoshopped into six different places.)
Whether or not it's racist isn't the question. The question for the MoH is: Is it really an ad by Intel? After all, although it's been widely posted, most blogs haven't specified exactly where the ad ran.
The answer is that it definitely is an actual Intel ad. It appeared in a recent Dell catalog. Penciledin.com seems to have been the first blog to post it. Intel has recently posted an explanation and apology on their blog:
Posted by Alex on Wed Aug 01, 2007
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God knows there's more than enough racism in the world, but to me the black guys in the ad look like they're in the starting blocks for a foot race, not "bowing" to the white guy.Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 04:14 AM
So, what? Even if if it is one black man, or six pics of the same guy, or six different guys all bowing down to Whitey. If they are, it is there choice. I'm SURE they were paid quite handsomely for their/his actions. Ol' Whitey sure ain't in the position of authority in that ad, and even if he was, gimme a break. It's clear this/these guy(s) are athletes in a starter position. I don't see any gun in his hand though, so even if they are "bowing to him", it was not a forced action. However, at the next sprinter race you attend, make sure to have the starter arrested for oppressing the black athletes and forcing them to bow down to him against thir will, AT GUN POINT!Posted by Christopher in Joplin, Missouri on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 07:35 AM
sorry, CMG and Cman, but I probably would have done a double-take at that ad, without having been prompted to view it as potentialy racsist. I would characterize the ad as racially-insensitive at best. There is just no way anybody is THAT white and nerdy lookin'. Shame on Intel. Kinda makes me want to see those African gentlemen rise up and kick Massa's ass.Posted by Hairy Houdini on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 08:34 AM
Anyone who sees that as racisit or racially insenitive needs to pop a humour pill and lighten up.Posted by Renquist in Glasgow, Scotland on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 10:16 AM
Some people will see racism in anything.
Some people will see racism in anything.
Wow... I completely missed the skin color of the sprinters...Posted by oppiejoe in Michigan - USA on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 12:53 PM
Guess I was racially blind to this one.
Guess I was racially blind to this one.
OK everyone, name the last great white sprinter. Name the last great white distance runner. I looked at the larger version of the picture and couldn't see any bowing, I also saw sprinters in a starting position. However, because of the shading, shadows and the lighting in general I had trouble seeing the sprinters as black. I bet that the first blogs to scream about the ad are using this "racism" in order to raise money to fight the issue. If not them, then probably some "civil-rights activist" is doing so.Posted by Christopher Cole in Tucson, AZ on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 04:58 PM
Seems to me that a few hundred years of slavery and discrimination does tend to make one somewhat sensitive to racial overtones, but I've been wrong before. If it were only one "sprinter" portrayed, it might not have some suggestibility to some of us, but the positional relationship between the dark gents, heads lowered in unison, aimed as if in deificational submission to the really, really Caucasian fellow that makes it dicy. One can only wonder what reaction the ad might have had should the "sprinters" not been African of heritage, and the snotty, arms-folded dork been so painfully pale and pasty. Oh, and CC, Frank Shorter, but I'm sure he's before your timePosted by Hairy Houdini on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 05:55 PM
If they actually started to run, they'd crash into each other.Posted by PlantPerson on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 07:06 AM
mmkay now... ponder this people: if there was an African American standing in the middle with 6 (or 1) white athlete(s) bowing down to him .. would this be getting the same press that it is now with the situation reversed? What about if 6 dudes were bowing down to a chick? well thats equally sexist .. am I wrong in assuming that? Bottom line is.. you can claim that ANYTHING is racist (I mean why are there 2 black cookies and a single layer of white filling in oreos? must be some devious plan of their's to point out how inferior white ppl are? I don't think so... and if you do... I am truly sorry that you feel that way as you simply are an inferior human being..)Posted by !Racist on Fri Aug 03, 2007 at 04:41 PM
The media is largely controlled by "The People", so whether you find it offensive or not enough of "The People" do...take the recent ad in New Yorks Time Square for example....the ad was showing a bunch of nude people showing there back side for a new self cleaning toilet seat...enough of "The People" seen it as crude and offensive and the ad was covered...When doin advertisements in america we must look at the bigger picture for we are a sensitive country. Its hard to forget the past when the past continually shines its bitter face at you. so if we have so much power when a select group, neighborhood, or region of people get together to say something...image what we could do if we'd stick together as a nation of Americans....Posted by anyone in NY on Sat Aug 04, 2007 at 10:38 PM
The media are rarely controlled by "The People" but by pressure groups. And too often these pressure groups have a stake in continuing the status quo. There is too much money in being offended at whatever.Posted by Christopher Cole in Tucson, AZ on Sat Aug 04, 2007 at 11:21 PM
I love oreos!Posted by Brant on Mon May 05, 2008 at 10:11 AM