Microracism

Oakland, CA

#106 Jun 25, 2013
I'm unsure why it would take a fourth occurrence..
Thisbudis4u wrote:
<quoted text>....... 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
too_much_coffee

Richmond, CA

#107 Jun 25, 2013
I am African American and I think all of the AT&T commercials are hilarious. Why is it offensive that a little girl can't pronounce the word "cast"? The other commercials portray other kids (white kids too) just as ridiculously. It's a modern take on 'kids say the darndest things". There's no need to see racism where it doesn't exist
kim

Laurel, MD

#108 Jun 26, 2013
OMG! I said the same thing and everyone thought I was crazy. There is no way I would have let my child participate in those commercials.
too_much_coffee

Richmond, CA

#109 Jun 27, 2013
Cisco Kid wrote:
<quoted text>
That rich, intelligent, good looking white guy is no sap.
And they cast the kids profiles correctly, reality is reality.
You is whatchoo is.
People are complaining about the little black kids being portrayed as ignorant, but they do have a commercial with a little white girl who sounds equally ridiculous. And the guy asking the questions is just as smart alec with her.
I admit that the commercial the boy lolling his head around and acting goofy was embarassing, but the little girl mispronouncing casts is adorable. I love that commercial (and I am black and I am not offended)
The commercials are funny because these are children saying things that only children would think to say. And in case you didn't know, a lot of the dialogue is improvised
jonesy13

Richmond, CA

#110 Jun 27, 2013
Dewayne Bell wrote:
I'm shocked ass hell they let them play. As a fellow black man it offended me, they could of least had the ethnic children get it right or DIDN'T have it seem like there answer was unacceptable or made to look like were ignorant. Example when the kids were asked what's the biggest number they could think of...one white kid answered 10, that was fine but when black girl said infinity and one, he replies were looking for infinity plus infinity sorry! I'm like what!?!? I don't know if they just pick they're edited clips and air them but either way its making or youth look bad. Stop IT NOW OR THERE WILL BE PROBLEMS IN YOUR FUTURE!
I think people are worked up over nothing. And in the commercial you refer to it's the little white boy who looks the silliest, because the highest number he can think of is 10. Also the host said they were looking for infinity plus 1, then the other girl answers infinity x infinity. Also, the one with the kid who says that being slow is better because you won't get run over as quickly features a white girl. I respect every one's opinions, but something it seems like we are getting riled up over the wrong things. I find the AT&T commercials to be charming. Kids say funny s*$t!
Cisco Kid

Modesto, CA

#111 Jun 28, 2013
too_much_coffee wrote:
<quoted text>
People are complaining about the little black kids being portrayed as ignorant, but they do have a commercial with a little white girl who sounds equally ridiculous. And the guy asking the questions is just as smart alec with her.
I admit that the commercial the boy lolling his head around and acting goofy was embarassing, but the little girl mispronouncing casts is adorable. I love that commercial (and I am black and I am not offended)
The commercials are funny because these are children saying things that only children would think to say. And in case you didn't know, a lot of the dialogue is improvised
You speak with a lot more intelligence than most of the posters here.
Except for me of course, I'm more intelligent 98.7% of the time. lol

Aahh, Wish they all could be California Girls....

(Hope I didn't jump to any wrong gender conclusions there.)
Peace, out.
Nanny

Lake Charles, LA

#112 Jul 1, 2013
Thanks Aria, I thought it was just me. A friend and I was just talking about those commercials and how they make the black kids look unintelligent. For example:
- black boy asking what the animals would be made of
- black girl wanting a slow turtle
- black girl giving the highest number of infinite and one

I didn't set out to single out the black kids, but as I watched these commercials repeatedly I began to notice.
Media Meister

Durham, NC

#113 Jul 3, 2013
Not sure which commercial you watched, but a white boy says that the largest number he can think of is 10. The black girl charismatically replies, "infinity and one!". I Also found both her vocalized and nonverbal responses to the other girl's later reply of "what about infinity times infinity?" to be absolutely hilarious.

That said, as an African American woman who professionally studies/works in media, when the commercials began airing,I was a bit disappointed by the representations of black boys and invisibility of both black girls and kids of color, generally.

However, the ones that do feature black girls are some of my favorites (e.g. the "puppy brother" story and the white girl's reaction/facial expression cracks me up every time).

Lastly, I wasn't offended the black kid waving/shaking his hands and head in the first ad I saw. In fact, my family and I joked about how he reminds us of my nephew who is quite intelligent and unusually perceptive (a bit of an old soul, actually), but also has a very silly side. He's only six years old!

In sum, would definitely love to see more racial/ethnic diversity, generally, but am not quite seeing red like many people who commented on this site. They're kids who use "kid logic," as I often say, and that logic often leaves adults dumbfounded, if not rolling on the floor laughing. That's my 2 cents.
Linda wrote:
<quoted text>
Well for you to not notice the ethnicity of the children is a bit crazy. I'm sure u noticed it but it just didnt matter to you. However I do see how some could think the commercials were a bit racist. On the newest one he says what's the biggest number you can think of and the little black girl says 10. Really... Come on... I'm not saying its blatantly racist or anything though.
Ginger Snap

Hyattsville, MD

#114 Jul 8, 2013
Wait a minute.... As a kid I used to be able to rub my tummy and tap my head at the same time...So, I'm sorry but this reminds me of kids say the darnest things. Think about it... kids are the only ones that will tell you EXACTLY what they are thinking. I have yet to find any of the commercials racists. You can't tell me the cute little girl who wants to buy a changing machine to change her brother into a puppy is not funny!!! BTW, I am Black...
Voice of Reason

Oakland, CA

#115 Jul 9, 2013
This all has to be sarcasm. If not, you are all retarded.
Al Sharpton

Modesto, CA

#116 Jul 9, 2013
Voice of Reason wrote:
This all has to be sarcasm. If not, you are all retarded.
Shhhh.....you can't say they're "retarded", they're racially sensitive black folks.

Look hard to see the difference.
Wow

Edmonds, WA

#117 Jul 13, 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."
Wow, youre a farking idiot.
just because thy are black does not make this racist.
the only one being racist is you for thinking black people are special. go fark yourself you loser.
wow what a farking retard
Wow

Edmonds, WA

#118 Jul 13, 2013
Nanny wrote:
Thanks Aria, I thought it was just me. A friend and I was just talking about those commercials and how they make the black kids look unintelligent. For example:
- black boy asking what the animals would be made of
- black girl wanting a slow turtle
- black girl giving the highest number of infinite and one
I didn't set out to single out the black kids, but as I watched these commercials repeatedly I began to notice.
well black people are typically stupid cuz they get raised in bad families generation after generation.
give em some time. theyll even out.
Wow

Edmonds, WA

#119 Jul 13, 2013
too_much_coffee wrote:
I am African American and I think all of the AT&T commercials are hilarious. Why is it offensive that a little girl can't pronounce the word "cast"? The other commercials portray other kids (white kids too) just as ridiculously. It's a modern take on 'kids say the darndest things". There's no need to see racism where it doesn't exist
Thanks for representing.
im so tired of brown people playing the victim
its 2013
no one cares
we have bigger problems
Leah

Atlanta, GA

#120 Jul 25, 2013
I've seen these commercials many times, and it hasn't come off as racist once.

To start off, I read an interview with the comedian who is talking with the kids and he said that most of the commercials had a skit, but then the kids thought of something funnier and they go with the kid's ideas.

Excluding that, I have also been a camp counselor for 6 and 7 year-olds many times. Mispronouncing things, silly ideas, ect is all very normal. These kids aren't acting 'stupid' they are acting their age.

Heck, with the infinity commercial i was impressed by the kid's responses, because that seemed like abnormal responses for young kids. And after quickly rewatching it again, it was the white kids that came up with the fake number and 10.
Sug

Road Town, Virgin Islands, British

#121 Jul 25, 2013
I am dummer for having read this crap. It's people like you who hold blacks down... Not some stupid commercial. Don't you have a job to go to, family to raise, or something worthwhile to do? Instead you are trying to read racism into a simple commercial and being, ironically, the biggest racists of them all. Rediculous.
alby

United States

#122 Jul 28, 2013
I'm Hispanic, I've noticed that they make the black kids look stupid. At&t sucks. Thanks for trying to make this a better world at&t. I hope you understood sarcasm in my previous sentence.
WakeUp

Portland, OR

#123 Jul 29, 2013
There's no doubt those AT&T commercials are racist. At first, I wrote it off to coincidence, but after newest commercial there is no doubt. The new commercials features a black girl saying that she wants to be a "slow turtle" rather than a fast one, then the man points out how stupid that would be and one of the white kids slaps his forehead in disbelief at the black girl's stupid answer.
If there was only one commercial that portrayed the black children as dumb, then yes, people are reading too much into it. But instead, we have about 4-5 commercials now, released over a period of time, that all find humor at the stupidity of black children. Its not a coincidence anymore.
If you don't see it, then there are only two options. 1) you're not very observant. OR 2) you're a racist yourself.
Cou

Ruston, LA

#124 Aug 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!
Ignorance I can see doing this, but guilt and self loathing...i think not. Do you know the racial make up of the company and who holds key positions? If so, please elaborate.
Kelly

Austin, TX

#125 Aug 1, 2013
Now theres a new one with a latino boy they make look stupid, and a little white kid is correcting him. I'm a white girl and I've been noticing these racist commercials. I kept telling my boyfriend, who is Mexican, and he totally sees it now too.. Wtf at&t??

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