I Think I See Why This Chinese Detergent Commercial Might Be Interpreted As Offensive
Here's a dumb question. Do the Chinese have a big problem with African Americans that I wasn't aware of? Now that I think about it, it makes a lot of sense that they would hate black people for stealing their shine as the world's preeminent non-white minority, but I guess I have never given it much thought as a member of the majority.
Anyway, here's a slightly less dumb question. What black man would agree to be in this commercial? Obviously the blame falls largely on the detergent company that thought it would be okay to drowned a "dirty black man" in enough soap and water to morph him into a pristine oriental fellow, but this commercial isn't possible without a black guy that accepted a paycheck in exchange for the marginalization of his entire people. Have you ever seen Asian people drive? I know they are capable of being completely ignorant to the world around them. That's why I am more disappointed in the black guy for not being a better black guy and putting a stop to it.
Unless he was bamboozled by clever editing and has a hell of a court case on his hands then I think I am pointing the first finger at the submissive victim. You can't be one of only 10 black guys in China and allow some wickedly racist Asian women to stick a detergent pack in your mouth and stuff you into a washing machine just so you can afford your next month's rent. The few African Americans in China are entrusted with carrying the torch for their people, and this dude bent right over and let some incredibly prejudice detergent company stick the torch right up the ass of the black community. You can't discriminate against someone on camera unless that person shows up on set ready to be discriminated against. With the apparent tensions between the two races (that I just learned about from Google 5 minutes ago) this guy had to know where this script was headed and he seemed all too compliant in following it...
...or they lied and told him it was a non-sensical commercial for miniature condoms, which I suppose would just be self deprecating racism.
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