Uncle Remus, Uncle Ben, and Don Imus

16 Apr

Mr Broke Hoedown, aka Collateral Damage, has a piece in Brandweek today about race, advertising, Don Imus, and Uncle Remus.

If marketers really insist on bringing these images back, they should begin with full disclosure and show where these characters came from, how they were used and why they’re being brought back. Barring that, then Ben, Jemima, Betty, Remus and that nameless guy on the Cream of Wheat box should follow Mr. Imus off the air.

3 Responses to “Uncle Remus, Uncle Ben, and Don Imus”

  1. charlie April 16, 2007 at 6:47 pm #

    I don’t get it. Check out this guy’s take: http://www.unboundedition.com/content/view/244/50/

  2. Kitty-chan April 16, 2007 at 8:07 pm #

    In Boyd Pearson’s article (which Charlie linked to above), I have to take issue with the statement:

    Why can’t we just change the channel? Why can’t we just ignore the ignorance?\

    Sometimes we can change the channel and ignore the ignorance. But other times it’s important to speak up and not let ignorant speech go unchallenged.

  3. Kitty-chan April 19, 2007 at 2:37 pm #

    More from Mr Broke Hoedown on this topic on his other blog, The 16th Minute.

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