Top 10 Incredibly Offensive Vintage Ads

Tiny June 29, 2010 85

We have come a long way since the 1930s. Back then advertisements were all about the money. It did not matter who they hurt in the process. Just take a look for yourself. Here are ten ads from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s ads that makes the Ku Klux Klan look like a bunch of saints.

10. AC Spark Plugs

In the 1930s, AC Spark Plugs had an ad in The Saturday Evening Post that depicted an African American as being a small monkey in a suit. Many ads during that time used monkeys or small apes in place of African Americans.

9. Aunt Jemima

In 1939, Aunt Jemima was making the best pancakes. Aunt Jemima always used an African American lady who was supposed to be a slave as a spokesperson. On all of the ads, she used “slave” slang.

8. Van Heusen

Van Heusen had an ad for ties that showed a woman on her knees serving a man coffee. When did women become slaves?

7. Del Monte

In 1953, Del Monte ketchup bottles got new lids. The ad was a picture of a woman opening the bottle and it read “You mean a woman can open it?”.

6. Elliott’s White Veneer

In 1935, Elliott’s White Veneer came out with an ad that showed a young African American boy painting another young African American boy with the veneer. It stated “SEE HOW IT COVERS OVER BLACK”.

5. General Electric

In 1937 General Electric became racist, also. They came out with a new ad for a sink. The ad showed an African American lady, who was supposed to be a slave, standing by the sink and saying “I’se Sure Got a Good Job Now!”

4. Drummond Sweaters

Drummond Sweaters came out with a sexist ad that showed two men standing on top of a cliff, talking, while a woman dangled from a rope beneath them. The poster began by saying “Men are better than women”

3. Dacron

Dacron had a very sexist poster ad. The ad showed a picture of a lady on the floor with a rug for a body. A man was then standing on her head and was saying ” It’s nice to have a girl around the house”.

2. Cream of Wheat

Cream of Wheat had a poster ad of an African American man holding a chalkboard with a message written on it. Several words were misspelled as to say African Americans were ignorant.

1. Fairy Soap

Fairy Soap had a poster ad of a young white girl asking a young African American girl “Why doesn’t your Mama wash you with Fairy Soap?”. This siuggesting that African Americans were dirty.


  1. Tasmanian Devil July 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm -

    Number one isn’t that offensive if seen from a childrens perspective. I don’t think it is refering to black people being dirty but to the white child thinking the dark skin was dirty instead of naturally dark.

    • Elisha Brazeale July 12, 2010 at 4:31 am -

      But even so, THAT is offensive and it was written by an adult, therefore an adult’s perspective.

      • Eyebeam May 26, 2011 at 5:09 am -

        You can’t insult yourself any more than you already have.

    • Meh December 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm -

      Uh. that one is very offensive.

  2. ThomasR August 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm -

    the author isn’t too bright. such as in the GE ad saying the black woman is supposed to be a ‘slave.’ No, that’s not true. She’s supposed to be a maid, a ‘slave’ isn’t a job. Nor was there even a dish washer when there was slavery legal.

    • Estefania Alvarez October 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm -

      Slavery legal?… hahaha!

    • mind November 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm -

      u’r wrong, she was supposed to be a slave

      • d00d December 7, 2010 at 3:34 am -

        no she wasn`t supposed a slave she was a maid. slavery was abolished in the 19th century.yes,blacks didn`t have the same privileges as whites back then.. get your shit straight

        • cedric December 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm -

          you tell then doods they are all a bunch of morons .

          • Steve January 5, 2011 at 8:14 am -

            um. slavery wasn’t abolished in Mississippi til March of 1995…

      • jon January 1, 2011 at 11:47 am -

        Mind…she ISN’t supposed to be a slave at all……she’s a maid….a house maid who was paid to be a house maid…not a slave…Slavery isn’t a JOB…

      • MK January 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm -

        “… the context you’re are an idiot…
        …Learn to punctuate and spell your words out in full.”

        Pot meet Kettle….


      • phil March 27, 2011 at 6:06 am -

        What KKK chapter are you grooming your kids for? That statement makes the rednecks of yesteryear seem enlightened by comparison!! Any child who is old enough to be able to ask such a question has been exposed to cartoons, books and hopefully a general attitude responsible enough to have mentioned at least in passing, of the existence of certain obvious and fundamental differences between people as being a basic human trait such as blond vs. brunettes — NOT that a bath is in order!

        Since it is not “that” offensive to you if coming from the mouth of a seemingly 3 or 4 year old, just how offensive should a child this age be encouraged to be? It’s hard to say when such ignorance passed for humor, but most of these seem to be dated from post WWII through the mid 1960’s and primarily in the south

        It is ironic that the civil rights movement had to be shoved down their throats considering the South suffered an equal share of the nearly half-million killed and million wounded in WWII against people who’s knee jerk reaction to racial differences was extermination. The main lesson learned was that tolerance for such ignorance cannot be afforded in the least, otherwise it spreads like wildfire. Such tolerance begins by justifying such crap as “cute”, because an innocent child says it – It’s no wonder black people are pissed off to this day!

        Teach your children well – it is our only hope!

      • Aerianna May 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm -

        Wow, you did not pay attention at all, did you? Because you would have noticed that “@mindless ‘u’re wrong'” and “‘…bitch kill yourself'” are all in quotes. Thus, Andrea was QUOTing what Mind had said (which would have been apparent had you read higher, and seen that). So you can’t judge Andrea for it. The only typographical error she made was “you’re are” which was obviously an overlooked accident. Just the same way you said “use’s” instead of ‘uses,’ or didn’t capitalize any of the nationalities you named. Or how you listed Russian as a nationality, when people who live in Russia are Slavic. Or made homonym errors. And forgot to hyphenate ‘one-sided.’ At least, I assume that you could actually spell these things properly had you been paying attention.

        I love how you tell her she shouldn’t be allowed near a computer, and that she’s opinionated, when you’re the one jumping to conclusions and judging her for what you THINK she said. Interesting, and highly amusing.

        Just sayin’.

        P.S. Just to fill you in, the ONLY thing Andrea actually said was, “Obviously if you cannot understand the context you’re are an idiot and mindless would be a more apt nomer.

        Learn to punctuate and spell your words out in full. Looks like you are making fun of the illiterate, I find that offensive. BTW A bitch is a female dog, so stop using the word in a negative connotation.” Please notice the quotations I used, because they will help you notice the quotations in Andrea’s post. Thanks.

    • Nopumelelo Ngcobo February 3, 2011 at 5:24 am -

      I can not believe you have just said that .. Slavery legal… you are too stupid for words.. just think about what you have said… gosh you are so stupid.

      • Angantyr March 6, 2011 at 6:18 am -

        Slavery was disgustingly legal in the good ol’ U.S. of A, long after it was abolished in most civilized countries. God bless Uncle Sam.

        • Janet March 11, 2011 at 9:01 am -

          Very true. We had a problem with indentured servitude after slavery was “abolished”. Newly freed african americans didn’t have anywhere to go, so they would stay and live on the farms to work and get paid, but the owner of the farms would charge a ridiculous amount for rent/food/amenities, that the newly freed slave would be in perpetual debt, and therefore making little to no money, and constantly having to borrow money from the owner for food, which would put him in even more debt. (by the end of a year, it was as if the newly freed slave was not getting paid at all, but merely trying to eradicate his ever growing debt aka: indentured servitude was still slavery.)

  3. root September 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm -

    Offensive? Maybe to our sensibilities today but at the time it all seamed perfectly normal. So judging the adverts today doesn’t work, they were written for there time frame not ours. Adverts TODAY might seams ok to us TODAY but in 50 years time we might think they are offensive.

    • urbanstroller December 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm -

      You’re so angry about old adverts – it’s quite charming.
      You also comment a lot & want people to die? What a waste of energy. With intensity & anger like that, you must be invited to all the best dinner parties!

  4. Blackie Bastad December 1, 2010 at 7:29 pm -

    Ha ha ha Sho’ is Funny, me master he laff so much!!!

  5. Nehmo December 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm -

    I find it offensive that the author seems to think that there is something wrong with the word “black”. The author uses “African American” in an effort to appear non-racist. Did anybody say that is now the only accepted word to refer to a race?
    These people weren’t born in Africa. Many people who are born there aren’t black.
    ~~ Nehmo

    • Unkel Bob December 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm -

      I noticed the same thing, & thought that given how the author was very careful to use “African American” to refer to dark skinned persons, it was interesting that the author had no problem referring to the white girl as “white” girl in the last picture.

    • Steven December 18, 2010 at 11:28 am -

      He said “African American” because he knew there would be people freaking out if he said “black”. There really is no pleasing you is there? I bet if the publisher were to say “black” you would freak out. What do you want him to say? You’re all just overly sensitive.

  6. rickoworker December 7, 2010 at 7:14 pm -

    These ads sure bring us back to simpler times… Or I guess simpler minds.
    Pop culture at its finest… or worst. The one of the lady serving coffee on here knees, even after her man has clearly been awake a while and is fully dressed, is still pretty good though.

  7. Collins December 9, 2010 at 3:44 am -

    I really can’t find the African American using commercials “offensive”. The “slave slang” is a joke, butting on the way African Americans used to speak in that period of time. Why is “sho’ cheer” offensive and racist, and “mofo” cool and hip? As for the color jokes (“why doesn’t your mama…” and “white paint”) why should that be offensive? I don’t think black people consider their skin a handicap that needs to be hidden. We’re not joking about a legless man not being able to run, we’re joking about a thin man being lifted by the wind, a well-build man squeazing someone too hard in a hug, and about a black man not being distinguishable in the dark.
    Respecting a group of people means being aware about their characteristics, not sweeping them under a carpet. Just my two cents.

    • Markus December 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm -

      I completely agree, and stereotypes( and there are good ones), are usually true. Why get offended by them? I love mine lol

  8. Phil MaKrackin December 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm -

    … so what’s your point ?

    • alex December 12, 2010 at 11:29 pm -

      What do you mean with “what’s your point”? His point was quite clear.

  9. alex December 12, 2010 at 11:31 pm -

    I can find offensive the one with the man was standing on a woman’s head . The others not so much; love the ketchup, “You mean a woman can open it?”.

  10. Andy W December 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm -

    If you make racist comedy ilegal , it becomes more enjoyable .

  11. Dan December 16, 2010 at 8:12 am -

    Whasssup maaan, theze adds are zzzzo funnny, you get me ?! for all my niggaz anf bitchezz out there . Much love and peassss on u!

    It’s ok to be black (african american is for former slave traders), it’s ok to be a woman, but is it ok to be a white man thease days? Maybe if you’re gay :)

  12. Pigumon December 17, 2010 at 2:42 am -

    Wow, the “author” (I used the term lightly) is a complete fool. Mentally handicapped perhaps?

    the maids are not slaves,
    the black shoe shine guy is not a monkey,
    a woman can sit on the floor any time she wants to (my gf does often)

    You are just stupid.

    The Klu Klux Klan MURDERED people YOU IGNORANT F*CK. These ads do NOT make them look like saints.

    • Your mom December 18, 2010 at 11:31 am -

      Get off the internet and clean your room.

  13. Stacked Stone Guy December 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm -

    How did they get away with this?

    • Anonymous October 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm -

      At the time it seemed completely normal.

  14. Leonard Martinez December 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm -

    Thanks for publishing these ads. I already felt morally superior to every human generation that ever came before me, but now I’m actually getting dizzy from the higher moral elevation to which they have lifted me.

  15. Dr.Bombay January 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm -

    It just hints that for today’s dumb majority, ‘incredibly offensive’ == anything that doesn’t revere women and blacks.

    In the past they had gods and idols; in India, they have cows; but seriously, our western holy cows might be the most ridiculous of them all.

  16. English guy January 14, 2011 at 9:31 am -

    I do find it ironic, the website publisher puts up the top 10 most offensive ads and lo and behold, the top 10 most offensive people turn up!!!!!

  17. Faggot January 16, 2011 at 6:22 am -

    If we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. In the last few days the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has banned the Dire Straights song “Money for Nothing” from radio airplay because of their use of the word “Faggot”. Now don’t get me wrong, this may be an offensive word but this song has been playing on the radio for 25 years or so and as a “Gay Man” I no longer find it offensive! What was acceptable and even common 50 years ago may no longer be acceptable today – just goes to show that times change as do morals and what is socially acceptable. I take offense to a lot of the “gansta rap” of today where they call women “bitches and hos” but who’s to say that 50 years from now the next generations don’t find it quaint and funny as we should find these ads as what they are, a look into our past, as good or bad as it may have been. Times change, morals change, sometimes for the worse and sometimes for the better. If we don’t learn from our past mistakes how do we progress? Get a grip people, these ads are from a bygone era, thankfully some of those attitudes and views have changed, in most places… Though reading some of the above comments, I’m left to wonder??

    • Bry February 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm -

      Very well said =)

  18. WiseGuy January 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm -

    These ads are hilarious. Especially the Elliott’s Veneer one.
    And cheers to the time when men were respected!
    Wiseguy out.

    • plipt January 25, 2011 at 12:10 am -

      You’re a douchebag.

  19. Sir Ewok February 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm -

    Some years ago I was sitting in Murtalla Muhammed Airport (forgive me if the spelling is incorrect) alongside a French family with a young daughter. The girl was about three years old and was approached by a Nigerian girl around the same age. The Nigerian girl started stroking the white girls face and turned to her parents with a puzzled look on her face. She then asked why the ‘white’ did not come off. The Nigerian parents were embarrassed, thinking that they would be labeled racist and explained that where they lived there were very few white people. Was anybody offended by this apparent reverse racism……. Of course not, a childs natural curiosity and naivety was a joy to see. Children see the world differently from us and so did adults many years ago. The pears soap one is probably from the early 1900’s.

    Why get upset by things you cannot change…. History. Look to the future when real equality and brotherhood may be achievable. Erase these adverts, the horrific pictures of lynchings and racial murder, change the maps to erase slave memory and what is left…. a false view of history and ‘slavery’ denial. If you remove the evidence of historical wrongdoing, who will be left to care about the plight of those who suffered.
    An example…. I believe there used to be a place in a southern state called ‘Niggers Creek’ where Blacks were forced to bathe in it’s muddy waters, segregated from the Whites in the cleaner waters of the river. A petition was got up to change the ‘Racist’ name as it offended modern sensibilities. However by removing the name, history was eroded and if it continues it will waste away entirely……..

    • michael April 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm -

      another good comment still a handful of people who try to follow the golden rules i see

  20. Fish February 2, 2011 at 9:51 am -

    Folks sometimes a smoke is just a smoke ! Aunt Jemina still makes the best pancake mix and is one of the most widely recognized trademarks ever…Anybody know a charismatic, engaging black lady in their life that cooked like nobody’s business ? I certainly have and they will always be revered, for their cooking and their conversation ! Too bad race is the “be all” and “end all” to some people, judging the past with todays enhanced sensibilities…I guess todays broad definition of “racecism” could be aplied to almost any situation, facts notwithstanding.
    Cya, IMFISH

  21. Anders February 7, 2011 at 12:05 am -

    Many of these, even though very offensive, were never meant to be, it was simply how society was and many conformed to it.

  22. Mark February 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm -

    Those ladies aren’t played as slaves. They’re played as black stereotypes which were popular amongst white Americans back then. However low Blacks’ statuses were in mainstream economics, marketing absolutely did not present them as other human beings’ private property.

    By the way, What’s the difference between advertising today and advertising back then? Answer: there is no difference. It’s all just as much about money today as it’s ever been. What? You don’t think ads today offend anyone? You don’t think they reinforce stereotypes?You don’t think they masturbate their target consumers’ egos?

  23. Paul February 26, 2011 at 10:08 am -

    I wonder if those that find these 60 year old ads “offensive” are offended at all by the behavior of rappers with their bling and “pimps and hos” swagger. One is a caricature, and the other is real life. Which is more of a problem in 2011? I’ll take Aunt Jemima, thank you.

  24. Savanah February 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm -

    Yes, to us now these ads are very offensive. But think about this – all the crap that media comes out with now would terrify and offend people back then ( and hopefully in the future). Can we really say that we became less ignorant? Just look at the statistics about corruption, divorce, drug use, promiscuity, teen pregnancy, and so on. There was NEVER a time when culture was free of ignorance. It’s just that the issues we deal with change.

    By the way, african-americans in these ads are not depicted as slaves, but as servants (though it doesn’t make it less degrading and offensive). Slavery was FORMALLY abolished in 1860’s (even though it took some time to demolish all written laws in all the states). Slavery had always existed and still does in many parts of the world and even here in US (illegally of course, mostly foreign women and children, some for work and some for sex). Sadly, it will never go away because it’s a world’s trade just like prostitution, and people will never seize be ignorant. I think it’s even more correct to say that we become more and more ignorant as time passes and no technological advancement would ever save us.

  25. Max February 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm -

    Notice on most TV commercials today it’s the other way around …THE WHITE GUY is the bafoon!…The wife has all the answers and the black guy is the cool man with all the other answers. The white man is the target fool!

    and nobody’s complaining about that.

  26. Sapphyre Moon March 2, 2011 at 1:52 am -

    Oh my gosh! I have read most of these comments and I just can not believe how everyone is so negative towards one another. Why do you have to bash what other people write. I can understand the grammar and spelling of the words but why waste your energy complaining about how a person spells or has an opinion. Why does everyone have to be so hateful towards others? I am not saying for all to get along because there are people out there who refuse to get along with others, that is just human nature but to down play and make negative comments to other people’s comments is not intelligent on a person’s part. I know there are people out there that have nothing better to do so, they feel they have to make rude comments towards other people. You don’t even know the person, so how can you make a comment like, you are an idiot or a dumb ass? If you do have nothing better to do, go outside, go do something productive but don’t make comments that are hateful and hurtful. I have been in advertising marketing and most of these ads like number 10, does depict a black person as a monkey and the horse is white, to symbolize a white man. Times were different back then as far as how people of different color were treated and that is how these ads are portrayed but our times are different today and all ads show equality towards everyone of a different color. Yes, I said black and I am not ashamed of saying so and I have many black friends and most of them don’t mind that word, what else are we suppose to call them? I have said my piece and if anyone has the sense, please don’t criticize others for what they say, do, or write. We are only human and we are far from being perfect. Have a heart people, please.

    • michael April 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm -

      for once i hear from someone whom actually has more iq than anyone else on this comment section i mean really are there no distinguished people other than you and leonard nimoy left on all of earth i mean when did i suddenly jump from an era of learning progress and knowledge to an era when everyone screams at each other for stupid little typos and being different its like i jumped from the smart era of 1992-2000 into an era of scum and hate and s***y attitudes

      p.s. the golden rule in truth: do unto other’s as thou would have them do unto you

      not the man with the gold makes the rules

      e.g. give without thought of recieving and thou shalt be pure where did most of that go

  27. Wolf March 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm -

    This is great! I think these are hilarious. If you are offended by them, you are an overly sensitive sissy.

  28. phil March 27, 2011 at 7:32 am -

    Petty? Coming from the rant of a moron (look up the actual meaning of moron) who appears to have slept through 5th grade English and skipped every chapter of World as well as American history before dropping out of school altogether. Just so we’re clear, I am White of Anglo-Saxon descent, just as you probably are – I don’t want you to think this is the response of a Jewish-Black guy. Quite obviously, that’s where our similarities end.

    Fortunately for me, my brother and father are not the same person and the plaques on their wall are for earned degrees and military accomplishments, not for winning the farting contest at the annual trailer park picnic. You are a disgrace to Whites around the world, to include your little sister that you got dibs on while daddy was passed out. Your historical analogy is more of a joke than your attempt at creating a legible message.

    The Moor’s control of Spain began over 1300 years ago, prevailed in force for several centuries and lingered on and off until 1492. The “spilled milk” you refer to happened to millions that are still alive. The scars are a bit different than the ones you get from getting bounced around in the back of the pickup when your clan piles in once a week for the all you can eat special while you stress and wonder who will draw the short straw and have to fess up to knocking up your mom that night when the power got cut off last year.

    This, I know you take seriously. If you draw the short one instead of one of your stepbrothers, each by a different old man, it’ll mean you will be the one to stand in line at social services for the diaper and formula vouchers – knowing and dreading that that’s the one place in town that you can’t take beer in with you,

    And if you get out of line to run back to the tractor, you might have to come back again the next day – unless you just bail on the whole thing – but then you’ll have to move out of mom’s place and probably even get a job, in which case mom will haul your ass into court for child support. Life’s not fair, is it?

    So as you’re collecting pop bottles to pay off whoever it was you found to read this to you, tell me honestly, how does it sound when it’s a White, American redneck that is being stereo-typed?

  29. marcee roberson March 31, 2011 at 9:42 am -

    wow what a damn shame what were these people thinking

  30. tstubbs April 28, 2011 at 7:23 am -

    I think it’s important to look back on ads like these. I think it shows that we HAVE made progress towards respecting that all people should be treating as equal. We are still very far away but with every generation we begin to correct our mistakes. There are some very valid points and unless people have the chance to be angry and voice their opinions we will cease to make improvements. This is true for both sides. You can’t expect that a race who was so badly treated and carry such deep scars will be “thankful” for every right that is now rightfully theirs. People shouldn’t be so defensive when the truth is spoken, even if it is spoken in anger. If it wasn’t something you “personally” did to offend a race then just because you acknowledge that it was offensive doesn’t mean you own it. I think thats what frustrates the very people who were offended the most. The fact that we just can’t admit that people with the same color of skin as ours made some serious mistakes. No one is whining about it, they just want and deserve validation that this is the way America was then. We should all be proud that we as Americans, Black, White, Asian, Indian.,.. whoever, are just one race that have somehow worked together to correct the mistakes of our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents, and as we watch our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren grow they will work to correct our mistakes.

  31. Iam April 30, 2011 at 2:20 am -

    Author must be a black woman.

  32. Emiliano May 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm -

    I think the one with the bottle of ketchup doesn’t mean that the bottles they sell are less complicated but that the cap comes off with less effort. It has prejudice in assuming that all men are stronger than women, but I don’t find it as insulting as the rest. At least not intentionally.

    I mean, my girlfriend asks me to open up jars and things like that for her all the time, and I’m happy to do that… If it means she’s making me a sandwich

    :P Relax, everybody, relax a bit.

  33. amazing news May 4, 2011 at 7:08 am -

    LOL, zero political correctness.

  34. chauvinist July 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm -

    #8 The way it’s supposed to be.

  35. Chip July 16, 2011 at 8:59 am -

    Satan wrote those ads… but we have to laugh at them now….at least its proof we have evolved a little anyway

  36. Jean July 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm -

    Wow. The comments was as much fun as the article. I want to mention two points. 1. History is history. Use it to inform, not blame. Live each day with joy and making the best decisions you can-on that day. 2. Relax. Stress can kill. So some people like to type without punctuation. so some people don’t know their history. But you know what? We all viewed the article, so we all have that in common. Viva la difference! It makes the world interesting.

  37. kunal September 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm -

    really offensive ads.People should have not made these ads which offense other cultures

  38. June September 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm -

    Wow the sexist comments are ridiculous! I am so glad to be a woman in this era and not when we were “inferior” to men.

  39. Ellen September 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm -

    I can’t believe how offended that I got reading these knowing that I was going to be offended.

  40. Mehdi Ali Kazmi September 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm -

    All of the pics are fun to watch, but I do rate “Fairy Soap” the best among them. Its simply adorable, lovely, funny and innocent expressive picture.

  41. SREERAJ September 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm -

    Good post.. some of them are very funny too. I love it…..

  42. Koushal September 2, 2011 at 5:14 am -

    Truly, these are ridiculous and offensive ads. ‘Elliott’s White Veneer’ picture is less than other ads.

  43. michelle's yummy September 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm -

    I just found this site or blog or whatever it is, completely by accident. I was searching for something completely unrelated, and then another site popped up, which lead me to this one.

    Actually, I agree with several of you for differant reasons. First of all, I do believe in equality, but also believe that there are definate differances between men and women that we can not overlook. For example, men are stronger but women are smarter (usually)!

    The other site I just came from seems to be completely one-sided, and basically points out (again in their opinion, not mine) that women should not be considered equal to men, and according to them…”need to be put in their place”. They even push their opinions on the readers about little people (or as they say “midgets” and “dwarfs”), and other racial comments.

    I’m just thankful that this site is more level headed, and at least seems to have some reasoning for why people have responded like they have.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

  44. Lavankumar September 12, 2011 at 10:19 pm -

    Wow. Good Ads

  45. Mike September 13, 2011 at 1:52 am -

    Wow! Show her its a mans world? That is crazy that they got away with that!

  46. Tye October 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm -

    AHAHAHAHAHA! I am not racist at all. However slavery would have never happened if the different tribes didnt sell you to us in the first place. So if your gunna still attempt to be mad at someone for something you and i werent even here to see… go to the root. The blacks had slaves long before the whites did and then the blacks sold the Blacks of other conqured tribes to the whites and we brought you here. Bad idea but “monkey see, monkey do” we went to another country that had slaves and decited to jump on the bandwagon. And as for the whole woman thingy who gives a shit? not me I find all of these ads to be absolutely hilarious and nothing more. Lighten up people. I know everyone of you people (white,black,brown,yellow,blue,green…whatever) all of you have racist jokes you tell about races other than yours. Get over it. FYI. I am a woman…and im irish. Irish were treated just like blacks there were signs outside of businesses saying “NO IRISH” long before there were “no blacks” signs. But I am not bitching about it….You know why? I WASNT THERE! and neither were you!

  47. The Werewolf November 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm -

    Wow – I’m amazed.

    The comments I’m reading are actually worse than the ads…

    Most of you have kind of missed the main point here. Yes, in the time these ads were created, this WAS the norm. That’s EXACTLY the point – that in the US as recently as the 1930s, it was ok to stereotype African Americans in fairly derogatory ways. In the 1950s, it was STILL ok to talk about women as if they were delightful little housepets whose main purpose in life was to make men happy.

    Aunt Jemima wasn’t a real person.. but a real person played her and did so to make money for white men by propagating stereotypes. The R. T. Davis Milling Company hired former slave Nancy Green as a spokesperson for the Aunt Jemima pancake mix in 1890.

    African Americans were still being discriminated against by the end of the 1950s (Rosa Parks was the start of the modern rights equality movement and that was 1955). Formalised segregation was still alive and in process (in direct violation the US constitution and federal law) into the 1980s.

    Women still don’t get equal pay for equal work and in the mid-2000s, a conference on Small Business declared that it would be too damaging to the US economy to actually pay fairly. In other words, as usual, the US economy survives on inequity – things are great if you’re white, straight, Christian and male.

    Seriously, some of the people here really need to grow up and find out what the real world is like for people other than themselves.

    • takes one to know one November 13, 2011 at 9:37 am -

      I find it ironic that you condemn other people for stereotyping yet you do it yourself. Actually I find it pretty ignorant. Do you really think a white straight christian male born into a lower income family has it easier than a middle class kid from a non-WASP family? You telling me Herman Cain’s kids are stuggling to make ends meet while the working class in the trailer park are living the high life? Maybe if you weren’t so preoccupied with race you would see that the real world revolves around money and not race. It’s very sad that lower income white and black people fight amongst eachother when they have way more in common with eachother than they do with wealthy people of their own race. Not all white people are racist and not all racists are white. Guarantee there are thousands of straight white christian men out there who have led a much tougher life than you have.

  48. Harley Man December 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm -

    LMAO…I sho’ do enjoy a good nigger joke from time to time….

  49. SHEY December 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm -

    Bahaha. I’m an indian girl who has grown up in an international environment all her life…and to be honest…ok i know some of you will say i’m discriminating…THERE IS LIKE NO RACISM/SEXISM AMONGST WELL OFF PEOPLE ANYMORE! The most racist people are people who haven’t had the opportunity to meet people from other cultures and are therefore ignorant.
    I’m actually surprised you guys still consider these things a problem, because I’m not male, I’m not christian, I’m not white (ok I’m straight) and I’ve been all around the world and never experienced any racism/sexism.
    However, when I went on a school field trip to some trailer parks (just to see how they lived or whatever) the inhabitants did call me ‘Paki’ or whatever. But I didn’t get offended because they don’t know any better.
    I would only only get offended if someone who has had the opportunity to get a taste of most cultures was sexist/racist.
    And as for the ads, they were made in a time when it was acceptable, it wasn’t in our time, we had nothing to do with it, so don’t get offended!
    It’s a joke on how times have changed…that’s all!!

  50. Victoria February 13, 2012 at 8:21 am -

    These ads are incredibly offensive, but just to clarify, the woman in the GE ad is not supposed to be a slave. She’s supposed to be a maid. It was 1937, after all. Doesn’t mean the ad is any less offensive, but it undermines the point of posting these to be inaccurate like that.