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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Jul 10, 2012 9:58PM
maybe everyone is just reading it wrong, what if it is 5 wives who happen to have 5 seperate husbands?
Jul 31, 2012 7:55AM

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.

Jul 11, 2012 7:48AM
That "Ghettopoly" game is REALLY COOL!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT ONE!!!
Jul 11, 2012 2:48AM
Wait, so we're up in arms about T-shirts that support sexist stereotypes.  Where is the article denouncing the "Boys Lie" T-shirt line?  Is sexism only wrong when it is done against women?
Jul 11, 2012 1:50PM

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. 

Jul 11, 2012 1:01PM
Interesting that so many are only offensive to blacks. Ever think maybe they just have a problem?
Jul 22, 2012 6:48PM

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?

Jul 22, 2012 4:38PM

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

Jul 22, 2012 3:59PM

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.  

Jul 22, 2012 4:44PM
I found most of those funny as hell and would love to have one of each... i say people are too f*#$ing sensitive and need to realize not everything is meant to offend... GROW THE FU^& up and quit trying to make everything about race or religion. I miss the old days when I could say whatever I wanted to and didnt have to worry about some pansy **** suing me because they were offended. I am offended by all the touchy feely pussy asses who take life so seriously
Jul 31, 2012 1:57PM
Why is making fun of black people always so offensive? People make fun of Italians, Irish, Jewish people all week and no one's offended. But poke fun an blacks, and the world ends. I have both Ghettoploly and Capitol Punishment and they're funny and fun!
Jul 22, 2012 5:27PM

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!

Jul 22, 2012 9:43PM

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.

Jul 31, 2012 2:28PM

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?

Jul 22, 2012 3:56PM
A couple of these are offensive, but for most of them people are overreacting.
Jul 22, 2012 6:51PM
As long as it doesn't offend muslims or Jessie Jackson it will be O.K.
Jul 11, 2012 11:49AM
14 out of 26 comments are SPAM..WTH???  Get to work, MSN.  This is ridiculous
Jul 22, 2012 6:16PM
Maybe it is just me, but I don't find most of the newer ones offensive. People are just too sensitive. And as for things that can be taken more than one way (with slang) or with different languages, so what? To me, Oreo is just a cookie. Clearly that is what it was meant to be, because they used the Oreo logo. Lolita? Yeah, I know about the book, but it is still a girl's name. People just need to lighten up and worry about the real problems in life.
Jul 31, 2012 6:09AM

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.

Jul 10, 2012 10:11PM
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