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Old 05-31-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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An adorable Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial couple and their daughter generated such a strong racist backlash on YouTube that the comments section had to be closed.

The ad had received more than 1,600 likes and more than 500 dislikes as of Thursday evening.

Prior to the closure, the comment section had been filled "with references to Nazis, 'troglodytes' and 'racial genocide,'" according to Adweek.

YouTube comment sections have a reputation for breeding racist flame wars. CNN focused on the issue earlier this year, after a panel addressing racism and race on YouTube was held at South By Southwest:

"Everyone gets hate comments on YouTube," said Andre Meadows, the creator of the Black Nerd Comedy channel. "You can make the most wonderful video in the world and you will get 'Fake!' and 'Gay!'"
But for minority creators, "when you get comments, it seems to be targeted toward race almost immediately. A lot of people get 'dumb video, stupid video' -- but with mine it immediately goes to racial slurs."

Commenters on the cereal's Facebook page also said they found the commercial "disgusting" and that it made them "want to vomit." Other hateful commenters expressed shock that a black father would stay with his family.

However, many took to Facebook to express their appreciation for Cheerios' decision to feature a mixed-race family.

"Having been mixed in the '70s, I'd like to thank everyone at Cheerios for making a commercial with an interracial couple! Going to buy boxes today! Many thanks for reflecting what my family looked like," Beschelle Lockhart posted Monday.

"Just watched your commercial with the biracial family. Beautiful. Thank you so much," Alexandra Burt wrote.

Cheerios was unfazed by the racist Internet backlash. "Consumers have responded positively to our new Cheerios ad. At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all," Camille Gibson, Cheerios vice president of marketing, told Gawker.


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Old 05-31-2013, 10:10 AM   #2
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It's YouTube so this is unsurprising, except that it's apparently news to someone that YouTube commenters are among the nastiest part of the internet.

The commercial itself was nothing new either. It's just Cheerios doing their "good for the heart" slogan and nothing I can find offensive or threatening. In fact had it not been pointed out this was an interracial couple, I probably wouldn't have thought twice about it.

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So...nothing new?

Youtube comments has always been like this, I can't even remember the last time I went though and read youtube comments.

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cute commercial. cute family.

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Since when did youtube comments start to matter?

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Since when did youtube comments start to matter?

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youtube comments are almost always awful

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I stopped reading YouTube comments long ago. I used to listen to Pink Floyd on there, but was quite disgusted with the amount of Neo-Nazi's that gathered on the video comments section (thanks to said imagery and lyrics in The Wall.)

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I stopped reading YouTube comments long ago. I used to listen to Pink Floyd on there, but was quite disgusted with the amount of Neo-Nazi's that gathered on the video comments section (thanks to said imagery and lyrics in The Wall.)
Tell me about it. Roger Waters would want to slap each and every one of those idiots.

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Tell me about it. Roger Waters would want to slap each and every one of those idiots.
You just have to wonder what percentage of the public is anonymously racist.

Just about any website without strict regulation will have a flood of users using racist language.

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Tell me about it. Roger Waters would want to slap each and every one of those idiots.
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I'm confused...I watched the commercial and couldn't find anything racist about it....what the heck am I missing?

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I'm confused...I watched the commercial and couldn't find anything racist about it....what the heck am I missing?
The comments were racist, not the video

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it's not the commercial it's some people's reaction to the commercial that is racist
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I'm hoping that was sarcasm on his part. If my thread title was confusing, the article is right there...

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It's obvious that this is tearing apart the fabric of American society.

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I have two mixed race cousins (Vietnamese and White), but it's not really a big deal at all in my family and one of them recently married, which would make her offspring 1/4th Vietnamese.

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They have interracial families in commercials like this in the UK and no one makes a peep.

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it's not the commercial it's some people's reaction to the commercial that is racist

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Mostly morons post comments on YouTube so its not a surprise.

Most of those racist knuckle daggers wouldn't have the balls to say the stuff they post in real life or to peoples of colours face. Typical internet cowardly racists.

Are interracial couple commercials rare in the U.S or something?

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Are interracial couple commercials rare in the U.S or something?
Not rare but they are uncommon. They are becoming more frequent though. Maybe in another generation or so these kinds of commercials will draw less attention than they do now. Unfortunately there will always be racists so there will still be some comments.

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Are interracial couple commercials rare in the U.S or something?
No, but there is still a segment of American society that unfortunately is still stuck in the 1950's and want America to be a nice little white, Christian society, where things like Muslims, gays, and interracial relationships don't exist, and minorities and women are subservient to white men.

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No, but there is still a segment of American society that unfortunately is still stuck in the 1950's and want America to be a nice little white, Christian society, where things like Muslims, gays, and interracial relationships don't exist, and minorities and women are subservient to white men.
It's okay to criticize white Christians constantly because that's the cool pc thing to do but traditional Muslims aren't exactly gay friendly.


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Racist comments on Youtube? Are these people new to Youtube?

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I knew there was a reason I loved Cheerios.

Now if only Lucky Charms had a commercial with a gay couple.

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