Aunt Jemima controversy?

By Brian . Created on Jun 19, 2020
Quaker Oats, owned by Pepsi, recently announced rebranding their Aunt Jemima products due to some feeling it was a 'mammy' stereotype. Uncle Ben's Rice and Mrs. Butterworth's syrup seem to be in the same cart. That said, do you consider these mascots to be racist or offensive in some way?
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No, I don't.
Mark said on Jul 1, 2020
I love the old mascots and I have great respect for the remembrance of song and wholesome stereotypes, I have never thought of them as black or negative in any way, I think its sad that we have become so thin skinned and frigile that we are focusing on changing these things instead of just trying to make each other better.
No, I don't.
pjv5119 said on Jun 23, 2020
I have always associated AJ as wholesome good food which is what they are trying to project. And what is wrong with that. I also understand those who object to using this symbol. I might not totally agree with them. But then what about every other stereo ethnic character used on a product? Should we get rid of all of them?
No, I don't.
Robert said on Jun 21, 2020
Just after this latest "Incident" surfaced , The descendant of the woman who inspired the "Aunt Jemima " character came out against Pepsi's decision to ban it , saying that it nullified & voided her Great Grandmother's(?) legacy . Between this , tearing down statues , Banning certain books & films - it's all been turned into a witch hunt , so much to the point of "Find...
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No, I don't.
Anonymous said on Jun 21, 2020
I know it’s origins now, but growing up it was a very homely thing. I always wanted a mom like that. Guess it’s not good, though
Milan said on Jun 21, 2020
Different strokes different folks! Not only applies to products but brands, restaurants, sports teams, political correctness? Offensive?
Victoria said on Jun 20, 2020
All this PC stuff is ridiculous
No, I don't.
Barry N said on Jun 20, 2020
Take the faces off of every product in the world. Most products sell by word of mouth and tv ads. Now everyone will be happy.
Brian said on Jun 21, 2020
Not a bad idea, unless one is trying to sell a cereal aimed at children, who may not remember the name, but will recall a tiger or rabbit, they really don't serve that much purpose. Heck, one can still call it by a name with no image.
No, I don't.
Barry N said on Jun 21, 2020
PETA forced the company that makes Animal Crackers to remove the animals from the cages. No one will ever forget Tony the Tiger.
No, I don't.
Anonymous said on Jun 20, 2020
I would like to say no