Thursday, May 27, 2010

No Black People Work For The Reading Phillies

This is the semi-racist giveaway of the family-friendly Reading Phillies.  I'm not sure who signed off on this, or thought a Ryan Howard lawn jockey garden gnome was a good idea, but you can have your own at their August 3rd game.  [philly.com]


Regardless, all gnomes are creepy little buggers.  And yes, I'm looking at you David.  Without Swift, you were NOTHING.

10 comments:

  1. that's why every organization needs at least one person of color on their marketing team...to avoid shit like this.

    btw: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Racist

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  2. I dont see anything offensive about this at all. What, only white dudes can be garden gnomes? Thats fucked up. Black gnomes exist, just like black Jesus' and Santas. And Maurice, we don't call you guys colored anymore, it's not appropriate.

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  3. i love the david the gnome reference. that guy is a fucking legend.

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  4. i feel like I've been trying to explain why certain things are racially insensitive/weird/stupid since like 4th grade. [sigh] i'm so very tired...such is the life of the black guy with white friends. Why can't rural/suburban kids just be cool!? anyway, it aint about black gnomes vs. white gnomes, its about the fact that it looks like bamboozled-esque racist imagery. As per the Inquirer:

    "The original jockey statue, standing proud and usually carrying a lantern, shepherded runaway slaves to safety during the days of the Underground Railroad, explained Charles Blockson, curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple.

    But as time went on, lawn jockeys were often caricatured as a stooped-over black man with dark skin and painted-in white eyes and big red lips. They were usually displayed on lawns of homes in the South and served no real purpose other than to diminish African Americans."

    check it out: http://www.stammeshaus.com/zappa/img/lawnjockey.jpg

    I get that this "garden gnome" doesn't look exactly like this...but why even do this? Because there are no blacks in the office to say "ehhh...maybe just a bobblehead this time?"

    And Ryan Howard didn't have a chance to so "no thanks" to this b/c he played for Reading and they own the merch rights. Capitalism!

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  5. and thus i've ruined a perfectly good post with a funny title and an excellent david the gnome reference. Thanks, RICH.

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  6. Sorry, my white guilt censor must need new batteries.

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  7. Lol. something something something Obama.

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  8. I think they need to apologize to Jesse Jackson

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhyDqnPxu0w

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  9. What is a "black" man? I see all people as one color. I mean...we all bleed red, right? Well, everyone except the Predator. He bleeds green.

    Poor ewoks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRm7yuVWM-A&feature=related

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  10. http://www.toplessrobot.com/predator%20twin.jpg

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