Friday, February 5, 2010

CONCERNING RACIAL SENSITIVITY



Oh, racial stereotyping. It's still hangin' on like a gremlin on the wing of a plane in that episode of The Twilight Zone.

But before you start to panic that I'm going to write an essay on race relations, allow me to explain. My good friend Eric sent over this photo, which was apparently snapped at the NBC Commissary:



To borrow a quotable from my Twin and/or Kylie Minogue - Wow wow wow wow. Comcast/NBC/Sheinhardt/Universal - currently one of the largest worldwide media conglomerates - never stopped to think that serving fried chicken and collard greens specifically in celebration of Black History Month might be viewed as offensive? Are the employees of the Commissary all dressed as mammies, too?

While it's an epic sensitivity fail on NBC's part, it also immediately made me think that the writers of 30 Rock would have a field day with this. So there you go - my TGS moment for the week. Happy Black History Month from NBC!

2 comments:

Rob said...

I'm really surprised that they didn't offer a 160z glass of Red.

Br'er Ard said...

How are you unaware of soul food? It's culturally relevant and a (rightful) source of pride. And, incredibly delicious.