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   Dunkin' Donuts apologizes for 'bizarre and racist' Thai advertising poster, then awkwardly asks if you would like a chocolate doughnut

31 Aug 2013 10:38 PM   |   19697 clicks   |   The Raw Story
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Apos     
www.myfacewhen.net

31 Aug 2013 08:48 PM
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Peter von Nostrand    [TotalFark]  
I'm outraged. I guess. Well, not really sure about what. Meh, whatever

31 Aug 2013 09:04 PM
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Babwa Wawa     
Claiming that this would be met with "howls of outrage" means fairly little.  Blackface means something in western society, not in Thailand, and I'm not entirely sure we should be imposing our taboos on them.

A couple days ago I ate at a duck place in Beijing restaurant called "Chef Dong's Braised Sea Cucumber."  Across the street from my hotel was a place that served donkey hamburgers (I'm guessing South African style). Either of these would be met with howls of laughter or derisionif attempted in the US.

Anyway, if Human Rights Watch wants to have some impact on the world, they should look approximately 4200 miles west of Thailand.

31 Aug 2013 09:07 PM
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Krieghund     
If this is the worst thing happening, life is good.

31 Aug 2013 09:10 PM
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ShawnDoc     
I also don't think this was intended to be "black face", so much as the idea of everything being coated in chocolate powder, with just her lipstick being unscathed for contrast.  Like those photos where you turn everything to grayscale except for a flower, or the person's blue eyes or something.

They didn't go for the exaggerated lips, leave the area around the eyes unpainted or give her a black hairstyle like in a typical blackface, nor is there anything else going on in the messaging to imply racial overtones.

31 Aug 2013 09:32 PM
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jaylectricity    [TotalFark]  
Thailand runs away from Dunkin'?

31 Aug 2013 10:13 PM
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TuteTibiImperes    [TotalFark]  

ShawnDoc: I also don't think this was intended to be "black face", so much as the idea of everything being coated in chocolate powder, with just her lipstick being unscathed for contrast.  Like those photos where you turn everything to grayscale except for a flower, or the person's blue eyes or something.

They didn't go for the exaggerated lips, leave the area around the eyes unpainted or give her a black hairstyle like in a typical blackface, nor is there anything else going on in the messaging to imply racial overtones.


I agree, it's not really blackface as much as she looks like she's covered in laser printer toner.  Actual black people aren't anywhere near that black, and even her fingernails are painted black.

31 Aug 2013 10:21 PM
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Daffydil    [TotalFark]  
soooo...charcoal...yeah, that's racist...

31 Aug 2013 10:42 PM
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ununcle     
I wanna see where they go with the French Crawler.

31 Aug 2013 10:44 PM
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Shades     
Simple explanation- for the Left, it's always 1965.  It has to be.  If they had to admit to the actual lack of racism, they'd never win another election.  Drummed-up incidents like these, which are completely baseless, are entirely necessary for them to get their base stirred up and keep them on the plantation.

31 Aug 2013 10:45 PM
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freak7     
Soon they'll be complaining about white people driving black cars.

31 Aug 2013 10:45 PM
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Old Man Winter     
Dear Race Baiting Media,
That is not blackface so fark off.
Sincerely,
Everyone with half a brain

31 Aug 2013 10:45 PM
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mongbiohazard     
Wut? That was not blackface. Every time someone is painted darker does not automatically make it blackface. Blackface is a particular thing, and that's not it.

31 Aug 2013 10:46 PM
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ModernLuddite     
So the US is exporting it's white guilt to Asia now?

//Charcoal doughnut?
///That's the opposite of delicious sounding.

31 Aug 2013 10:47 PM
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Vector R     
FTA: The CEO for Dunkin' Donuts in Thailand, which is operated as a franchise, was initially bullish about the marketing. "It's absolutely ridiculous," said Nadim Salhani. "We're not allowed to use black to promote our doughnuts? I don't get it. What's the big fuss? What if the product was white and I painted someone white, would that be racist?"
Salhani said his daughter was the model used in the advert. He dismissed criticism as "paranoid American thinking", saying: "I'm sorry, but this is a marketing campaign and it's working very well for us."


That. There is absolutely nothing racist about that at all. More hypertolerant butthurt garbage.

31 Aug 2013 10:48 PM
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mark12A     
Afterwards, Dunkin offered their patrons free toothpaste for brushing up after eating the donuts (a very popular brand in Asia a while back...)
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

31 Aug 2013 10:50 PM
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The Pumpkin Eater     
Don't think I'd ever eat something called a charcoal donut.
And the thought "negro" never entered my mind looking at the ad.
I'm so tired of the outrage industry.

31 Aug 2013 10:52 PM
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The_Original_Roxtar     
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where was your farking outrage then?

31 Aug 2013 10:52 PM
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skinink     
They'd let you watch, they would invite you, but the blacks they use would not excite you.

31 Aug 2013 10:53 PM
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Crudbucket     

The_Original_Roxtar: where was your farking outrage then?


You honkies had it coming!

31 Aug 2013 10:55 PM
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HairBolus     
twitter account: Nadim Xavier Salhani @NadimXS
CEO Mudman Company Limited. A house of retail food brands. We proudly represent Au Bon Pain, Baskin Robbins and Dunkin Donuts.
Bangkok


I know "mudmen" is a word favored by some racists to designate swarthy sub-humans, but would a racist name his company for them?

31 Aug 2013 10:55 PM
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BafflerMeal     
This is the same attitude that locked speedy Gonzales away for years because of 'ethnic stereotyping' in the US, while at the same time in Latin America, SG was still on the air and a popular character.   Someone had to get upset for them and remove access to the material in a way that affected nothing besides first world guilt.

The Thai Duncan Donuts ad is decidedly non-racist and is no different than if one was covered in yellow or pink to overstate the effects of lemon or strawberry donuts respectively.

31 Aug 2013 10:59 PM
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ArcadianRefugee     
So, painting her to be the same color as the doughnut is racist? Really?!

Does that mean black people really are made of chocolate?

I'm not getting the outrage.

But now I want a doughnut, so . . . successful advertising campaign!

31 Aug 2013 10:59 PM
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12349876     

Shades: Simple explanation- for the Left, it's always 1965.  It has to be.  If they had to admit to the actual lack of racism, they'd never win another election.  Drummed-up incidents like these, which are completely baseless, are entirely necessary for them to get their base stirred up and keep them on the plantation.


All the voting restriction laws are doing a fine job of that.  No need for this whatever you call it to be involved.

31 Aug 2013 10:59 PM
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Unscratchable_Itch     
So I guess the fact that all I saw when I looked at the pic was a very hot woman in low lighting with incredibly seductive pink lips holding a donut means that I am a racist or otherwise guilty of a hate crime. Like I've been saying for years, some people wake up every day just waiting to be offended by something.

31 Aug 2013 10:59 PM
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lordargent     
TuteTibiImperes: I agree, it's not really blackface as much as she looks like she's covered in laser printer toner.

It's a charcoal donut

So ... she's a coal miner.

like Mike Rowe
www.cuyahogaproductions.com

31 Aug 2013 11:00 PM
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Brick-House     
assets.nydailynews.com

31 Aug 2013 11:01 PM
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RexTalionis    [TotalFark]  
Ah, Thailand - the place where a cartoon Hitler is a popular mascot among the youth. No wonder they thought this ad was a good idea.

www.theblaze.com
amusingthailand.com

31 Aug 2013 11:01 PM
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ArcadianRefugee     
www.adweek.com

31 Aug 2013 11:01 PM
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CasperImproved     

ShawnDoc: I also don't think this was intended to be "black face", so much as the idea of everything being coated in chocolate powder, with just her lipstick being unscathed for contrast.  Like those photos where you turn everything to grayscale except for a flower, or the person's blue eyes or something.

They didn't go for the exaggerated lips, leave the area around the eyes unpainted or give her a black hairstyle like in a typical blackface, nor is there anything else going on in the messaging to imply racial overtones.


I completely agree since this is Thailand. Who there would associate the ad with racism?!?

31 Aug 2013 11:02 PM
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Brick-House     
www.rawstory.com

31 Aug 2013 11:04 PM
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Mega Steve     

The_Original_Roxtar: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x327]
where was your farking outrage then?


I was outraged at how terrible it was. Does that count?

31 Aug 2013 11:05 PM
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JerkyMeat     
Lighten up black folks, it's not like you got arrested test driving a car or anything.

31 Aug 2013 11:06 PM
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HairBolus     

31 Aug 2013 11:06 PM
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Brick-House     
Am I the only one getting tired of the race baiters claiming EVERYTHING is racists?

31 Aug 2013 11:06 PM
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GilRuiz1     
ALL CULTURES SHOULD HAVE THE SAME HANGUPS AND TABOOS AS AMERICA, DAMMIT!!!

31 Aug 2013 11:07 PM
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Brick-House     
It really is starting to get old.

31 Aug 2013 11:07 PM
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Mikey1969     
Goddammit, now "blackface" is going to be the new term that nobody knows how to use correctly?

When they take a White person and darken their skin to make them specifically look like an African American, that's "blackface". When they make someone darkness advertise a chocolate donut, it isn't farking "blackface". It is as much about intent as it is about someone's skin being dark.

Oh, and the lips? That's so the smile is the focus of the ad. What a bunch of retards.

31 Aug 2013 11:08 PM
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MBooda     
Small House of Uncle Thomas?
www.heiditown.com

31 Aug 2013 11:08 PM
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Foxxinnia     
Different things mean different things in different places!

31 Aug 2013 11:09 PM
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brainiac-dumdum     
meh, Thailand and that's not blackface.

31 Aug 2013 11:11 PM
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Flash314     
Wait... Bumblebee from the Transformers is OBVIOUSLY a racist slur! He's yellow, and can only communicate through karaoke, which is a popular pastime in Asian cultures!

31 Aug 2013 11:11 PM
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shower_in_my_socks    [TotalFark]  

Shades: Drummed-up incidents like these, which are completely baseless, are entirely necessary for them to get their base stirred up and keep them on the plantation.



It isn't necessary for the Left to do anything, actually. The Republicans ignoring the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, hatred of a black man in the White House, demonizing everyone with brown skin as a freeloading illegal, attempts at voter suppression -- all of it is doing plenty to help the Left win elections for many years to come.

31 Aug 2013 11:11 PM
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The Green Manalishi     
Simply coloring someone black doesn't make it racist. Context matters. When KFC starts using blackface, then it'll be racist.

31 Aug 2013 11:12 PM
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The Pumpkin Eater     

skinink: They'd let you watch, they would invite you, but the blacks they use would not excite you.


Nice!

31 Aug 2013 11:12 PM
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RexTalionis    [TotalFark]  

CasperImproved: ShawnDoc: I also don't think this was intended to be "black face", so much as the idea of everything being coated in chocolate powder, with just her lipstick being unscathed for contrast.  Like those photos where you turn everything to grayscale except for a flower, or the person's blue eyes or something.

They didn't go for the exaggerated lips, leave the area around the eyes unpainted or give her a black hairstyle like in a typical blackface, nor is there anything else going on in the messaging to imply racial overtones.

I completely agree since this is Thailand. Who there would associate the ad with racism?!?


i.chzbgr.com

Yeah, no way that this could be racism - after all, who'd think Asians could be racist or anything?

31 Aug 2013 11:13 PM
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shower_in_my_socks    [TotalFark]  
That's no more blackface than Zoolander covered in coal down in the mine. It doesn't seem to be a reference to race, but rather a reference to the color of the doughnut.

31 Aug 2013 11:13 PM
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gadian     
You know blackface when you see it. That's not it. Whoever started this tiff needs to be educated on the matter and then smacked on the knuckles with a ruler so they don't forget their lesson.

31 Aug 2013 11:15 PM
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Mock26     
As a white person, Geishas and non-white mimes offend me.

31 Aug 2013 11:15 PM
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ArcadianRefugee     

Flash314: Wait... Bumblebee from the Transformers is OBVIOUSLY a racist slur! He's yellow, and can only communicate through karaoke, which is a popular pastime in Asian cultures!


And you know how those Asians love those giant robots....

31 Aug 2013 11:15 PM
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