MySpace’s Racist Ring Tone Ads

On one hand, it’s hard to believe that MySpace endorsed or even saw this advertisement for cell phone ringtones that it’s been displaying on their web page. On the other hand, this sort of big-lipped, bone-through-the-fro depiction of an African hasn’t been acceptable since some of Louis Armstrong’s more colorful Max Fleischer appearances.

As Stay Free Daily puts the problem with MySpace’s ugly, ugly templates:

    One of the reasons that the templates are so horrible is that they have to accommodate stupid animation games for a ringtone company. Take a look at the latest contest. You play the “savage” – I leave it up to you to decide whether this is more or less racist than playing a gorilla trying to hit a savage with a coconut.

I’d say less, except that, by dint of the ring tone company’s astonishing racial insensitivity, I’m pretty sure they intended both the monkey and the African to be the same species. So equal.

Racist MySpace [Stay Free!]


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  1. JackieTreehorn says:

    Would that be considered black-on-black crime?

  2. Anonymously says:

    Are you sure it’s African? Not all black people are from Africa you know. (How racist!) What about a Pacific Islander?

  3. drsmith says:

    Quality of the posts seems to be slipping of late. First there’s a cryptic complaint about a graphic on a cereal box and now this. I suppose it’s not racist if the guy on the box was white? <sarcasm> Yeah – let’s whack the white guy – that’s acceptable. </sarcasm>

  4. Sturm Truppen says:

    I think that’s one of the things that most people forget, racism is a two-way street.

    That being said, i think things like this, which aren’t meant to be taken seriously, (how many gorillas do you know that go around throwing coconuts at people), should be taken in the content they’re in, as a game.