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Reverend Meteor


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As a boy in the 80's I collected the California Raisins toys you could get from Hardee's. And there was a cartoon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B08GQ0xTIxw

As a kid I loved them but as an adult I wonder how they got away with marketing these guys. They seem like racist caricatures.



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Superman's Pal

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I remember them. I guess I never thought they were racist. They were kind of soul and R&B singers right? Stereotypes, I suppose. When you're a kid you don't know of such things. Who created them?

Oh I see, I didn't know there was a cel animated show. I only knew them from the claymation commercials. That's right, they must have started out peddling raisins.

https://youtu.be/mkbA3E363So



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    Quote:

    As a boy in the 80's I collected the California Raisins toys you could get from Hardee's. And there was a cartoon.



I didn't own any toys but I may have watched the cartoon. What I remember for sure are the TV commercials - which I actually liked, as back then I wasn't anywhere near as anti-commercial as I am now.


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    As a kid I loved them but as an adult I wonder how they got away with marketing these guys. They seem like racist caricatures.


Remember the Fat Albert cartoon? It started in 1972 but continued all the way to 1984 with 110 episodes and four specials, according to Wikipedia. Talk about your caricatures! Yet I liked it. I'm really amazed that I did. I wouldn't watch it for five seconds nowadays.

It was certainly a different time. Today, we might still see this sort of caricature, but only on a highly cynical cartoon like South Park.






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I remember the initial "I Heard It Through The Grape Vine" commercial being very popular, with white kids and black kids when I was in high school. I never thought of the designs as stereotypes, and black kids appreciating the commercial doesn't mean it wasn't so, but I know almost everyone thought they were pretty cool at first.


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