AT&T Exploits Black Children

AT&T Exploits Black Children

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Aria

Cedar Park, TX

#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."
hey just looked and acted

Modesto, CA

#2 Mar 31, 2013
Aria wrote:
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."
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.

Funny stuff.
Cam

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?
Cisco Kid

Modesto, CA

#4 Apr 1, 2013
Cam wrote:
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?
If you watch the other commercials in the series you will get the big picture.
Why overreact?
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.
Expert in All Things

Redding, CA

#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?

Bet not!
Cisco Kid

Modesto, CA

#6 Apr 1, 2013
Expert in All Things wrote:
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?
Bet not!
Good points.

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?
No doubt.
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.
Expert in All Things

Redding, CA

#7 Apr 1, 2013
Cisco Kid wrote:
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Good points.
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?
No doubt.
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.
You are correct.
August

Howey In The Hills, FL

#8 Apr 3, 2013
Cisco Kid wrote:
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Good points.
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?
No doubt.
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.
Agreed.
katie

Detroit, MI

#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.
Cisco Kid

Modesto, CA

#10 Apr 7, 2013
katie wrote:
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.
Come on, they're right on line.
Check out the kid waving his hand and shaking his head.
He's in The Groove.....

"When I'm in motion it's just like the flow of the ocean
The weight of the words swerve and curve
My style flexes bigger than the state of Texas
Quick as a Lamborghini, smooth as a Lexus

I guess that makes me the top of the line
Oh yes I'm the most prime of all time'
Cause as soon as I pick up the mic
And begin and the lyrics just start
To flowing, ahem ahem

Coughing couldn't stop me from going
On with the rapture, so that I can capture
Your mind with state of the art music made to adapt to
To knowledge the God on the groove
Because when my tongue moves I just love that I'm smooth

Do it with these and in times I leave rears
To give ‘em a little of the flavor that please
As I, school in the who in pursuin’And doin’,
and reignin’ again and the
Gutter and stutter, and killin’, and chillin’
Collectin the rent and jammin’, and slammin’"....."

Read more: BIG DADDY KANE - COME ON DOWN LYRICS
Anonymous

Dekalb, IL

#11 Apr 8, 2013
katie wrote:
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.
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.
Thisbudis4u

Dover, DE

#12 Apr 12, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
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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.
....... 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
whats_up

Bordentown, NJ

#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?
Steppin Fetchin

Modesto, CA

#14 Apr 18, 2013
whats_up wrote:
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?
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......
Steven

Everett, WA

#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.
ghelove

Silver Spring, MD

#16 Apr 25, 2013
Thank you Aria. You pointed out, what only those who refuse to see; won't see. God Bless you.

Ephesians 4:18
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.
Justin Wiggins

Brooklyn, NY

#17 May 1, 2013
Aria wrote:
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."
I totally agree with you
Liz the Girl

Chardon, OH

#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.
Liz the Girl

Chardon, OH

#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.
KeKe Lee

Union City, GA

#20 May 4, 2013
WoW..and I thought it was just me..I'm switching companies! literally

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