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NBC Air Racist Commercial After Gabby Douglas Gold Medal: Is The Commercial Racist?

★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/08/03 20:01:45
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After Gabby Douglas won the gold and Bob Costas spoke about how amazing this was for the first African-American to win the women's all-around gymnastics title, NBC aired a commercial of a Monkey doing gymnastics which has caused quite a stir.


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  • Katt 2012/08/03 20:11:07
    No
    Katt
    +6
    I think only a racist mind can see it as racist. Others will look at it as just another commercial

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  • P. Sturm 2012/09/16 05:04:27
    Yes
    P. Sturm
    +1
    In the context it was shown it was.
  • Tariq 2012/08/08 13:30:26
  • Tastentier 2012/08/04 23:43:13
    No
    Tastentier
    +1
    I think that was just a coincidence / unfortunate timing. And nobody would have read anything into the promo commercial if it had featured a female dog (a bitch) or a donkey (an ass). Anything can be misconstrued if people want to.

    However, Bob Costas' comment was a bit strange: Why would Gabby only inspire African-American girls and not girls in general? If anything about this could be construed as racist, it is this unnecessary specifier.
  • Rogue_Loner 2012/08/04 18:44:17
  • Joel Rogue_L... 2012/08/06 03:57:16
    Joel
    That is a great example of a ridiculous comment. No wonder you are a loner.
  • Rogue_L... Joel 2012/08/06 04:02:28
  • Leeaqua 2012/08/04 16:01:54
    No
    Leeaqua
    +1
    It was a commercial for a new TV show, that's all it was. Of course the ( politically correct ) police force may see it otherwise !
  • Bronar 2012/08/04 15:34:02
    No
    Bronar
    +1
    Just bad timing. Enough with the over played race card.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/08/04 13:59:17
    No
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    I don't think the ad was meant to be racist, but the timing was definitely inappropriate. Whoever loaded that commercial into the slot should be fired, not for being racist, but for lacking the professionalism needed to do their job.
  • Nameless 2012/08/04 10:32:04
    No
    Nameless
    +1
    Not at all. This, imnsho, is much ado about nothing.
  • Joel 2012/08/04 04:50:49
    No
    Joel
    +2
    I saw it and thought OMG, this is the worst timing ever. Some things you just have to let go of and move on.
  • Paige 2012/08/04 02:32:15
    No
    Paige
    +1
    I hope it was just an untimely commercial. If it would had aired at any other time it would have been alright. So I'm going to assume it was just bad timing.
  • wamcalif 2012/08/04 01:12:03
    No
    wamcalif
    +1
    I don't see the racist connection with the commercial. I don't particularly like the repeated references to Gabby being the first African American to win the title. What the hell has that got to do with how hard she has trained? How physically talented a gymnast she obviously is, and her ability to remained mentally focused when other great athletes faltered? She is a member of a great American team, young women who performed as a team, not as individuals of one race, or another. It feels as though someone is subtle in their effort to try and diminish a great American victory. Of course other young African American girls (along with girls of every other race and nation) will be inspired by Gabby. That goes without saying. Gabby was inspired by Dominque Dawes, among other great gymnasts that came before her.
    I'm not happy with Bob Costas reporting this time around.
  • Keeping It Real 2012/08/04 00:14:10 (edited)
    Yes
    Keeping It Real
    +1
    If that commercial is real yes, but I didn't noticed it when I watched the Olympics yesterday. When I viewed it on SH I thought it was satire, I can't believe NBC would do that, I need more information.

    Update: NBC as a whole has not carried it's network like a Faux No News, so based on some of the comments I've read, I guess this commercial is real and I have to give the network the benefit of the doubt. Someone showed bad judgement in running that ad right after Gabby win and I don't give a dam if the monkey is on a show.

    Although I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt others don't have to and I do understand why they would of be offended. For those who completely dismiss why African Americans could get upset over this, I say to you, learn their history, put yourself in their shoes, then maybe you'll understand how that would be their initial reaction.

    I choose to now think it was shear thoughtlessness in the timing of that commercial, because I've never view NBC as that kind of network. If you're someone who's not familiar with the network, you may not be so quick to give them a pass, so be tolerant and give them a break. In the end, as they learn more about NBC they may come to the same conclusion as I did.
  • Beat Ma... Keeping... 2012/08/04 14:02:00
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    Faux... MSNBS... same s**t, different pile.
  • Keeping... Beat Ma... 2012/08/04 14:43:27
    Keeping It Real
    You're entitled to your own opinion even if it's a stupid one! dog fetching a ball
  • gocar 2012/08/03 23:59:58
    Yes
    gocar
    +2
    I haven't see the commercial but if NBC did that it seems very insensitive.
  • wildcat 2012/08/03 23:40:15
    No
    wildcat
    +1
    don't see it as such.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/08/03 23:13:58 (edited)
    No
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +1
    No - gawd, give it a rest - it was an ad for some dopey new show and the monkey is in it.
  • ehrhornp 2012/08/03 23:07:51 (edited)
    No
    ehrhornp
    +2
    Might have been a bit racist if they had a female monkey up there doing a flying squirrel but I don't think there is a black american male doing rings.

    More appropriate areas of racism in this country.
  • Deep007 2012/08/03 22:27:49
  • NoBama Man 2012/08/03 22:19:29
    No
    NoBama Man
    +1
    No...but I guarantee you that if the Olympics were being broadcast on a FOX channel...it would not be considered 'bad timing' or 'unfortunate'...it would be deemed 'purposeful' and 'racist'....people would be 'outraged' and somebody would have to lose their job....you can bet Sharpton and Jackson would be picketing and demanding
    'Justice for Gabby'...
  • g_byst 2012/08/03 21:36:46
    No
    g_byst
    +2
    You gotta be pretty darn sensitive to think that was some kinda slam on black people.
  • Deep007 g_byst 2012/08/03 22:28:10
    Deep007
    +1
    or just stupid
  • Angel* 2012/08/03 21:15:22
    No
    Angel*
    +2
    It was just a stupid stupid thing to say. What year are we in ??
  • Starman 2012/08/03 21:13:11
    No
    Starman
    +2
    LOL, I saw the commentary and the commercial last night and never even thought of this. I think this is an overreach.
  • Keeping... Starman 2012/08/04 00:21:53 (edited)
    Keeping It Real
    Many people obviously don't understand the association of monkeys, chimps, gorillas to African Americans. There's a history of African Americans being called or compared to these animals, so yes, if that commercial did happen that's one of the first things that could come to their mind. It's said, until you've been in someone else shoes, sometimes a person truly don't understand.
  • Dyonus 2012/08/03 21:05:25
    No
    Dyonus
    +1
    That's just bad timing.
  • Michelle 2012/08/03 21:05:18
    No
    Michelle
    +2
    Even with the tragically unfortunate timing, it's still a bit of a stretch to call it racist.
  • Deep007 Michelle 2012/08/03 22:31:17
    Deep007
    Timing...WTF...
    the girl just won freaking GOLD...
    only a dumb racist liberal even thinks of any thing like this..there's a ol tried but true saying
    "You spot it, you GOT it."
    remember that next time yer in a fight with yer significant other...lol
  • captainquiggle 2012/08/03 20:57:11
    No
    captainquiggle
    +2
    They've been running that commercial all week.
  • BystroffC 2012/08/03 20:52:47
    No
    BystroffC
    +2
    Everybody's being way to sensitive.
    It's just a monkey.
  • socokid 2012/08/03 20:47:47
    No
    socokid
    +2
    Seems only a racist would think that.
  • Ian 2012/08/03 20:41:47
    No
    Ian
    +3
    I dont get it. How is this racist?
  • Deep007 Ian 2012/08/03 22:32:17
    Deep007
    y'kno them Liberals..
    They spot it, They got it
  • Sintwa 2012/08/03 20:40:52
    No
    Sintwa
    +1
    I think it was just supposed to be funny.

    But it was taken the wrong way.
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/08/03 20:29:31 (edited)
    No
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    +2
    Wasn't it for Gatoraid, or some other typical Olympics commercial product?
  • iHeartChopin 2012/08/03 20:26:01
    No
    iHeartChopin
    +2
    I never saw the ad, so i can't make an actual comment on it, but based on what I read, it was just an unfortunate coincidence
  • tori 2012/08/03 20:20:27
    No
    tori
    +3
    I think the timing was just horrible. If this comercial hadnt played after that announcement, no one would have had a problem.
  • Deep007 tori 2012/08/03 22:33:03
    Deep007
    the only one with a problem with it a weirdos

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