There is a bit of controversy surrounding Acura’s Super Bowl ad starring Jerry Seinfield and Jay Leno. Yesterday, TMZ reported that the casting for the commercial requested a “nice looking, friendly, not too dark” African-American man to play the car dealer. Acura later issued an official apology for excluding dark-skinned blacks from the casting. This revelation comes barely two weeks after the release of a controversial ad campaign that resulted in Burger King issuing an official apology to Mary J. Blige. In turn, Mary J. Blige issued an official apology to her fans for agreeing to sing about chicken in the first place.
This series of apologies is great and all, but one would think that people would be able to exercise better judgment. After all, it is 2012–nearly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery. I guess we still have a long way to go.
Let me know what you all think.
Acura’s Super Bowl Ad
Mary J. Blige Singing About Chicken
Bonus: Hilarious Second City Parody of Mary J. Blige Singing About Chicken
Second Bonus: General’s Fried Chicken from Undercover Brother