posted on Jun, 5 2013 @ 06:19 PM
Originally posted by WP4YT
What I DO have a problem with is them selecting actors based on skin color and not talent.
Flipping the tables here...
You just described Beverly Hills 90210, Twilight, Harry Potter, and a whole ton of other crappy shows and movie series which cater to adolecents and
females who never stopped clinging to those late teen years no matter how dark the eye bags get or how many liver spots appear on their hands and
For the most part I watch very few TV shows aside from sports. I do watch Vikings, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Dead Files, and The Walking Dead
religiously, however. Out of those shows, TWD is the only one which has African Americans on it and, for one of the very few times in my life, I
actually do see a potentially racist pattern forming on the show. Within one or two episodes of introducing a new black male character, like
clockwork they kill off the previously established black male character, establishing an almost Highlander-esque "There can be only one" situation.
It is situations like that and programming with only one or two minority characters per show which causes ads like this to leap out at viewers. I'm
gonna wager a guess that anybody watching sports when this ad came on never noticed the biracial aspect of the commercial. That's because most
sports has a pretty deep saturation of black male athletes and white female cheerleaders vascilating between camera shots of the game and the
sidelines, muting the brain to that aspect of those commercials. However, when you've got somebody sitting and watching The Jersey Shore or
Desperate Housewives... differences stand out more.
And yeah, it probably was very intentional and probably was picked up by Cheerio's during the testing phases of the ad campaign. The executives
probably leapt for joy over it because it gives them free publicity.