AT&T Exploits Black Children
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#1 Mar 31, 2013
Seen the new AT&T commercials with the smug racist guy and the kids? 3 of them feature black children being portrayed as dumb or foolish. One child shaking his head and waving his hands above his head like a minsrtel. Another child asking what animals would be made of on a candy island. The smug white guy says, "Uh, candy?", while giving the kid the " Stupid effing knicker look". The new one features a black kid who doesn't know what rhyming means and the white guy and white kids are dumbfounded by his stupidity.
Shame on you AT&T. Shame on you.
Worse than GEICO cavemen! "Racism. So easy AT&T could do it."
#2 Mar 31, 2013
Oh come off it. Get a sense of humor.
I didn't even notice the ethnicity of the kids.
To me they just looked and acted like typical 7 year old kids.
Greenfield Park, Canada
#3 Apr 1, 2013
I totally agree with you Aria. I was also annoyed to see these black children portrayed as unintelligent. As a teacher, I would have like AT&T to cast the black children in the commercials not fitting into the stereotype as how black children are often perceived. I think that some angry letters should be sent to the company by all disturbed by these misrepresentations.
@ Stockton, CA- come off if typical seven year olds act and say stupid things as the black children are doing, then how come all the other children were not casted in the same role?
#4 Apr 1, 2013
If you watch the other commercials in the series you will get the big picture.
Why does everything have to be so racially charged nowadays?
Have we lost our ability to laugh at ourselves?
I never worried about the Frito Bandito.
#5 Apr 1, 2013
Ignorance, guilt and self-loathing cause the need to see racism everywhere.
Wonder if they know what the racial make-up of the company is and and who holds key positions?
#6 Apr 1, 2013
Think about it, one kid shaking his head and waving his hands above his head like a minstrel, take a look lil wayne and other rappers.
That's what they do. Obviously it's in the culture.
Then the black kid who doesn't know what rhyming means and the white guy and white kids are dumbfounded by his stupidity?
Why haven't his parents schooled him on hip-hop culture?
Does he live in a fishbowl?
Most black folks would be screaming his remiss parents must be uncle tom sell out oreo token republicans.
Sheesh This stuff is confusing. There is no continuity.
These are the problems that arise from hyphenated Americanism.
#7 Apr 1, 2013
You are correct.
#8 Apr 3, 2013
#9 Apr 7, 2013
I noticed the same thing.. which is how I found this topic.. its not that people are looking for racism or are ignorant.. but after the 2nd or 3rd commercial, its obvious that the black child is singled out.. its just odd that its been that way in all three.. not saying its on purpose or anything, but its pretty apparent and now I know I'm not the only one who sees it. If a 4th one comes out and its the same kind of thing.. it couldn't be just a coincidence. My opinion. No not everything is racist.. but at the same time, racism still exists most places you go unfortunately.
#10 Apr 7, 2013
Come on, they're right on line.
Check out the kid waving his hand and shaking his head.
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#11 Apr 8, 2013
I'm with you. Found this thread by searching Google to make sure I'm not crazy or oversensitive. I'm a young white guy, I didn't think much about it with the "waving kid," I thought the "what are the animals made of" commercial came off as mean (but didn't attach racism to it), but the newest one with the kid that can't rhyme had me putting it all together. I think AT&T needed to focus group their focus group commercials a little better, because it seems like more than a councidence now.
#12 Apr 12, 2013
....... Yeah. I found this post by searching " is AT&T racist?"......obviously it was more than a hunch. Just thought the dude was rude with the " uhm candy". The first was funny. Rude in the second, but the third commercial and the little black guy is picked out??? Come on. I don't think it's intentional, but they need to watch what they do and see how some can consider them overboard. Enough already. I will chalk it up as error, but if they do a fourth then its no mistake
#13 Apr 14, 2013
I thought the commercials were funny at first too. I have AT&T so the commercials piqued my interest. The commercial I just watched had the black kid slapping himself in the face! What the heck AT&T?
#14 Apr 18, 2013
Gimme a break!
Haven't you ever watched Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton try and speak English on TV??
So what's the difference?
And then there's Obama......
#15 Apr 22, 2013
First of all, some of you need to read the ADWEEK descriptions of the commercials. I think people who read racism into everything they see and hear are racists themselves. I suppose if a little white kid flailed his arms around, the ads would be OK. I thought the little one who asked what the animals would be made of, was an absolute hit. I first read about the adds and then clicked on this place. Oops!
Some of you people ruined my day by your own take on racism. Get over yourselves.
#16 Apr 25, 2013
Thank you Aria. You pointed out, what only those who refuse to see; won't see. God Bless you.
New International Version (NIV)
18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
#17 May 1, 2013
I totally agree with you
#18 May 2, 2013
I agree. While not overtly racist I think these ads definitely depict the black kids as being less intelligent by their peers and are corrected by that annoying sap white guy a lot more. BTW, At&T's service sucks as well.
#19 May 2, 2013
And now they have an ad where the little black girl wants to be a doctor and mispronounces a word talking about putting on a cast, and that douche white guy corrects her twice. Where in the other commercial with the little white girl who is like "cos less stuff is like more, we want more, we want more" whose grammar obviously sucks as well (cos they're both like SEVEN YEARS OLD)...he's like, "I totally understand you". Stupid ads, I cant stand AT&T.
#20 May 4, 2013
WoW..and I thought it was just me..I'm switching companies! literally
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