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Desc:Books: CHECK 'EM OUT
Category:Advertisements, Classic TV Clips
Tags:90s, PSA, books, sir mix-a-lot, california raisins
Submitted:Yellow Lantern
Date:08/05/13
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Old_Zircon
Ok, let's hear the "California Raisins aren't uncomfortably racist caricatures in hindsight" explain this.
SteamPoweredKleenex
The problem with that is you'd have to ask why hiring white guys to sound like Marvin Gaye isn't racist or why a claymation raisin was white-ified with the voice of Buddy Miles.

Not to mention there aren't any white raisins, unless they've gotten mold. There are those golden raisins out there, but nobody I know likes those.

Spastic Avenger
There's a difference between a caricature of a black face and Blackface caricature. It's a good question to raise though.

StanleyPain
How is it racist? They're grapes. The song is "Heard it through the Grapevine", so they made them the Temptations.

I mean, gradually modifying them into more and more "urban" stereotypes over the ages is arguably racist, but when they originally appeared I didn't see anything that really struck me.

Old_Zircon
Pretty much as bad as the KKK.

MrBuddy
Grapes and raisins always hate black people, I thought everyone knew that.

snothouse
RAISINS SHOULD ONLY BE PORTRAYED AS WHITES ANYTHING ELSE IS RACIST
SteamPoweredKleenex
5 stars for nostalgia, but I like the updated version of this concept better:

http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=18678
The Mothership
I'm a bit of a mix-a-lot completist, and I didn't know about this. Wow.
Gmork
I got the whole ceramic set still.
SteamPoweredKleenex
Ceramic? Huh. Thought they only came in hard rubber.

Gmork
It was one of those "Paint these shitty white statues yourself!" things, and my auntie did an amazing job, even used silver reflective paint for the microphones. Spot-on.

BHWW
Some lumps of clay have exhorted me to check out these "books" so I think I shall!
Jet Bin Fever
Oh shit, nostalgia city on this one. I even remembered the words.
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