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Retro commercials speak of a different era - VIDEO

by Kristin Sample, posted Feb 3rd 2008 1:02PM
jello commercialCracked.com has a put together a list of five commercials that companies would really like you to forget. The commercials, mostly from the 1960s, speak to a much different time in American history. They show just how unevolved mainstream America's views of race and gender were.

My two favorites (although I'm unsure whether "favorite" is the appropriate word) were the Folgers commercial where all the husband wants for his birthday is for his wife to make a decent cup of coffee and the Jell-O commercial. This ad features a Chinese baby (pictured at the right) who can't eat the "Western delicacy" with his chopsticks.

Cracked.com has videos for all the commercials so go and have a look.

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I think the commercial of the travelocity statue killing bird is a disgrace it is offensive to the sensativity of children to animal cruelty I think you should remove the commercial

March 29 2008 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristin Sample

@nathaniel: I know! What a horrible coincidence. I was in the other room and only heard the audio from the Sales Genie commercial. I thought, Wow, that sounds all too familiar.

February 06 2008 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love that this was posted the very day the brand new Sales Genie commercials came on the air! How... sad a statement on American culture.

February 06 2008 at 12:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Horse N. Buggy

That poor kid in the gun commercial seems to have been the poster boy for "bad taste." I just saw him yesterday in a movie called "A Child is Waiting." The movie was about special needs children (though they used the word "retards") and how it was the "right thing to do" for parents to send them away to live in institutions "to be with children of their own kind." They reasoned that that was better than "hiding them when company came over." We've come a long way.

February 04 2008 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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