Years ago, when I was much younger and still living with my parents, Fingerhut catalogs would regularly come in the mail. They were full of welcome mats, salt & pepper shakers and poly/cotton sweatshirts. Unicorns, kittens and bowling were popular themes.
Today, Fingerhut's business model apparently includes extending credit to people with poor credit scores -- and using questionable imagery -- as the banner ad above indicates.
In case you were wondering, THIS is the screen where I saw this banner ad.
While on the treadmill yesterday, I watched CNN do a story on the opening weekend of Disney's The Princess and the Frog. This feature-length cartoon marks the first time Disney has featured an African American princess as a lead female character. It's a milestone worth celebrating. And as the CNN story reported, all over the country, young black girls attended the movie's opening dressed as princesses, not unlike these four lovelies.
Unfortunately, the CNN reporter referred to the young black girls at the theater as "fair maidens."
This approximately 40-foot tall Native American stands atop what was once a Chicago cigar store. When the building was taken over by an optometrist, the giant Native American was fitted with eyeglasses and a sign that reads, "Eye can see now."
I saw a TV spot the other day for Prego tomato sauce.
It featured a nice middle-class African-American couple in their nice middle-class kitchen. The spot ended with the man proclaiming that the Prego sauce was perfect as is by saying, "Nah, it don't need nothin'."
Middle-class white people in TV commercials never use such atrocious grammar -- unless they're supposed to be hillbillies of the Jethro Bodine variety.
I'd love to hear the rationale for making the African-American actor in the Prego spot sound like he had a fourth-grade education.