March 15, 2008 6:13 AM   Subscribe

They sure don't make 'em like they used to.
posted by gman (10 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: these are two really meh ads from the 50s/60s one of which is "arguably racist" and one of which is sexist. An interesting topic which could maybe show promise with more effort or some sort of context. As it is, what is there to say? -- jessamyn

Or do they?
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:27 AM on March 15, 2008

posted by HuronBob at 6:38 AM on March 15, 2008

"spoon was invented for eating jell-o"
does the baby eat egg drop soup with chopsticks?
posted by needsnoprosecutor at 6:40 AM on March 15, 2008

"Let's go round the back where we can't see 'em"
posted by fire&wings at 6:50 AM on March 15, 2008

and then there were the winston ads mocking those boring longhair intellectuals who kept pointing out it should be "as a cigarette should" instead of "like a cigarette should".
posted by rmd1023 at 6:53 AM on March 15, 2008

People used to smoke? I'm shocked. You know, I bet when they sent their armies to knock over tiny countries in far away places, they let their soldiers smoke indoors. I'm certainly glad things are so much better now, second hand smoke is a killer.
posted by doctor_negative at 7:15 AM on March 15, 2008

I agree with The Card Cheat, they still make 'em like the used to. Asian stereotypes are deeply ingrained in Western culture. In the case of this ad, it's the stereotype that Chinese people talk in funny, gentle voices, walk in funny mincing steps, and have exaggerated respect for "ancient" wisdom, which they perpetually quote. Pernicious or harmless, who knows?
posted by Faze at 7:16 AM on March 15, 2008

they sure don't make 'em as blatant as they used to.
posted by gman at 7:19 AM on March 15, 2008

The Salesgenie ads? Written by the CEO, Vin Gupta. The panda ad has been pulled, however.
posted by Locative at 7:41 AM on March 15, 2008

I don't see what's wrong with Fred having a smoke with his friend after a hard day at the quarry...
posted by SteveTheRed at 7:43 AM on March 15, 2008

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