racism

World Pe(psi)ace


I’m sure that you guys have heard about this mess. Obviously I can’t pass up on this snarkfest!

PepsiCo pulled a commercial featuring model Kendall Jenner on Wednesday after the ad prompted outrage and ridicule from those who said it trivialized rights protests and public unrest in the United States.

The ad, released late on Tuesday, shows the fashion celebrity and reality TV star in a photo shoot when she sees protesters marching. Removing her wig and makeup, Jenner joins the crowd and hands a baseball cap-wearing police officer a can of Pepsi, prompting him to smile while marchers cheer and hug.

I watched it myself (here) and I had so many questions. 

My first was, “that’s a wig, right?”

It’s a good wig!

And then, “what the hell is this Kendall Jenner looking at? This seems like an awkward place to have a modelling shoot. Right by an open door/window/??”

And then, “What? Now this (presumably) Muslim woman is drawing randomly? Why? She’s just here to tick off a box probably sigh.”

And then, “dafuq is this weak sauce protest for? What conversation? Is this a stock footage protest?”

Followed by, “why is there street dancing? I thought this was a protest? Is dance protesting a thing that exists outside of straight to DVD movies?

And then, “Why is this Muslim artist lady so frustrated? Bruh!”

And then, “Oh, so it is a wig? Oh, okay, she’s taking it off? That was pointless. Oh… She’s joining the protest? Baby girl coulda done that with the wig on, but okay. Also, dark lipstick is not the appropriate shade for protests. Got it.”
And then, “Oh, snap, the police are here for this dry protestless protest? Wait… Where’s she going with that can of Pepsi? Oh, hell no! ”

Followed by, “Oh, so Muslim artist lady is happy now that she’s got her camera to capture this beauty. Oh dear.”

Followed by, “what the fuck are they cheering about? WHY IS THE COP SMILING? Is this a street party of a protest?!”

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Long story short, Kendall Jenner’s soda brings the police out of the stomp-the-yard.

I think the worst thing about this isn’t even the secondhand embarrassment or the complete cluelessness or the fact that using police brutality to sell anything is fucked up, or the fact that throwing every minority you can think of in the ad is besides the point or the fact that Kendall Jenner taking her wig off is supposed to mean something to any of us. 

It’s the sheer pretentiousness of it all. 

The random cello in random places. The drawing and photography. The way all of the protestors look like the kind of preppy people you see in catalogues. Who in their right mind is EVER going to watch this and think, “I feel like being less of a bigot today. Let me go out and buy Pepsi”? They won’t even think, “Let me go out and take Pepsi.” 

They’ll go out and buy a Diet Coke. 

I can’t understand how they all sat through the concept meetings and no one – no one, I say! – No-one thought, hmm, maybe we should just make a fucking commercial about drinking Pepsi instead of trying to cash in on interpersonal and racial tension! Seriously. Even I could come up with a better idea in two minutes. 

Wrap Kendall Jenner in blue foil and voila. New concept. She could be like the human embodiment of Pepsi. 

Okay, so, that’s a terrible idea but not as bad as the nonsense they put out. I want my two minutes back. Pepsi have wisely pulled the ad but that they released it at all shows how tone-deaf they are. 

A+ casting regarding the guy with the cello, though, he was cute. Playing on the roof for no reason is a mark in the minus column and featuring in the ad at all is a deal breaker but whatever. He’s got bills to pay. I respect that.

Pepsi’s response:

“Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” the company said in a statement. “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout.”

…too little, too late. 

They also apologized to Kendall Jenner for putting her in this position. Sorry, what? Is she going to give them back her check? The fuck does she need an apology for? She needs a Diversity & Culture lecture. Possibly two or three. In fact, they ALL DO! 

AwesomeLuvvie’s gif usage was on point so I’m using it too!


The article excerpts are from Reuters.

Check out Awesome Luvvie’s excellent post on this here.

How Did I Miss This Irrelevant News…


I was watching the Daily Show when this came up – apparently Rachel Dolezal has changed her name. 

Daily Mail reports that, last October, the 39-year-old has changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, a name so black it she shares it with a police brutality victim. Distancing herself from “Rachel Dolezal” might get her foot in the door with some employers, but it’s hard to forget that plantain-colored face. Phone interviews are probably still her best bet.

Nkechi Amare Diallo.

This woman has really lost her damn mind. You are white, lady. No Igbo (Nigerian) first name will change that. No fake tan will change that. No braided extensions will change that. She could buy stock in cocoa butter tomorrow and her whack ass would STILL be white. 

This is borderline insulting to anyone with a West African name. She honestly irritates the heck out of me. She needs therapy, not a name change. Ugh. Why are we even still giving her airtime? She needs to go and be ‘black’ far away from the public eye. 

I am officially ashamed of my country.


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I am officially ashamed of my country – if I can call it that.

Before yesterday, I was one of those people who had never voted before. If you tell people that you didn’t vote, depending on who you are, you might get an earful. People will tell you that your vote could be the difference and what not, but in some ways, all it does is make you complicit when the vote is read out. The same way that not voting does. Yesterday, I felt as if I finally had to make a stand (for my own benefit if anything). It helped that I wasn’t voting for a particular party. As I write this Labour – who I’d probably vote for – are unravelling rapidly. The result largely came about due to their lapses.

Anyway. Another reason why I’ve never bothered is that in a lot of the developed world at least, there is an increasingly ageing population. There are more over 60s than anyone else. There are so many of them that what they want is what we end up with. Apparently, they run this bitch now. America – watch out. The silver-haired people will fuck you all over and stab you in the front. That’s exactly what has happened in the UK. The UK has just held a referendum on whether or not it leaves the EU (European Union). So basically, we all voted either to ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’. Leave won. That is to say, the people who have used every dirty, racist, xenophobic trick in the book have won.

I could not be more disgusted. (more…)

Someone needs to put this on a t-shirt..


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…because the number of people not even bothering to hide their stupidity is definitely growing. Certain people need to come with a damn mute button to spare us all from their nonsense. This includes racism apologists/defenders and everyone who talked out of their mouth sideways about the terrible incident that occured in Charleston yesterday and people defending Rachel ‘I don’t understand the question’ Dolezal. Sigh.

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ETA: I might just have to make a page just for stupid people.

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