The New York Times recently posted an interesting article on the questionable images of Black women in advertising. The article titled, "An Image Popular in Films Raises Some Eyebrows in Ads" provides an interesting read on the popular use of heavy-weight, sassy, and humorous African-American women in movies and commercials.
Apparently, a particularly popular Universal Studios movie theater preview featuring a large African-American woman pressing her two children against here bosom and screaming with a look of horror on her face as she rides the popular Jurassic Park ride, has raised more than a few eye-brows. Take a Look...
I thought the article posed on an extremely important question, If images are produced by Black people and for Black people, are they just as offensive if they happened to have been created by a member of a non-black group?
On a similar questionable image note-- earlier I posted an entry on the outrageously offensive images of Black people in Japan illustrated in an earthquake preparedness manual that as created and distributed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Office.
On June 26, 2006 I was notified that the drawings had be re-drawn.
See for Yourself:
I think this raises another question worthy of discussion, If no one speaks out against racist images and depictions, is it automatically assumed that these images are acceptable?
Thank you Masahiro and everyone at Tokyo Alien Eyes for helping to achieve these results. Also, thanks Zuriu of Black Tokyo for bringing this to my attention.
To View the Old Images Go Here: "Questionable Images..."
To View New Images Go Here: "New Handbook"