13 flat-out offensive product blunders
Corporate caution and marketing wizardry aren't enough to keep some truly ill-conceived ideas out of production. Here are some of the most wince-worthy.
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The article says that black leaders called these shoes "slave shoes". They go on to say that the Rev. Jesse Jackson called them a "gross insult." Folks, it's 2012. Slavery ended in 1865. It has been 147 years since it was abolished, but we are still dwelling on it. I think it is way past time that we get over it and move on. I know that the institution of slavery was awful and we should never forget about it, but we certainly don't need to be reminded of it constantly. No one alive today was ever a slave in this country. If these black leaders would look to the future instead of living in the past, they might actually be useful in helping the race divide in this country. Until then, they are just going to fan the flames of hatred and keep their people down.
I find all the hullabalu of racial slurs hilarious. Grow up. Seriously what is offensive to one is silly or funny to another. Every race and nationality on the planet has an offensive term attached to it, and most of the time they refer to each other by that same term and it's aceptable. Get over it, and develope a sense of humor. Sheesh. And yes I could have a few slurs directed at me. We all could. Stop using it as an excuse for your own failure, lack of self esteeme, or criminal activities. Several years ago when all this political correctness got waaaay out of hand I decided to become as un politically correct as I can... so I call a spade a spade, a chink in the armor a chink, and a tomato has red skin, and barf means snow in another language. TFB deal with it.
I'm not picking on any group, these are just the first to come to mind... But how is it that we can still have exclusive groups like NAACP, United Negro College Fund, and Miss Black America?
I'm sure these organizations have nothing but good intentions, but who decides who truly qualifies for these services?
Blacks really do need to take their own advise and move on...hell blacks are in everything...so the decades old race/slavery crap is nothing more than a way to justify their 'mob' mentality...
If the shoe fits...;0
I remember the "Funny Face" drinks as a young child... Didn't think anything was offensive about it untill it was exlpained to me by an adult. Another lesson in learned racism.
And "Frito Bandito" is offensive??? If that's the case then the name of every ethnic food and restaurant in America could be twisted to have derogatory meanings.
I guess that just goes to show you the innocense of those of us who grew up in the 60's and 70's. I found myself singing the Frito song just a couple weeks ago in the grocery store! Not ONCE did I think of a mexican! Funny face drinks were just that.
How do you think the BOO's feel about BooBerry cereal? They might not like being compared to a berry! Or Lucky Charms....should they offend the Irish?
Good Lord...people need to get a grip!
There are more important things to deal with in life.
If everybody cries "wolf" all the time, people will eventually no longer listen. Then what if it really happens? You're on your own!
Since we're all now super-duper PC, is the world we live in a better place? Is everybody truly happier now?
I think a lot of people - all races - actively seek out things to be offended by. Get a damn life, people.
I seriously had to think for a minute about these until I got what was so "racist" about these. I think the people who instantly got offended are a little sensitive...C'mon. I'm mexican and Bandito Frito cracks me up...Some were a little stupid, but get over it. Have some fun will you?
THE most offensive products are the ones that get shoved in your face when you are not even in the market for them, like Dating sites for Biker Chicks and old people love connections.
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