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I didn't even know this was a thing until I heard about it.
I don't usually mention names, mostly to keep out of copyright issues or other company slagging, but since I'm not slagging off the company (rather, props to Cheerios for keeping their commercial on the air), I'm leaving it in.
That, and since it's a very specific topic, the names are important.
For those that haven't seen the commercial in question, you can find it on YouTube Here
(if that link doesn't work or the video gets taken down, just put in a search for it; I'm sure it'll turn up)
Now, I saw the commercial on TV, and thought it was a cute commercial for Cheerios, where the little girl finds out from her mother that it's good for the heart, so she pours a bunch of it over her father's chest while he's sleeping.
Cute, funny, and interesting.
Then, recently, I hear that there's been people up in arms about it.
Because the mother and father are of different races. The mother is caucasian, and the father is african american (as is the little girl).
When I heard that people were making a fuss about it, my first response was "WTF". I mean, are they so petty and racist that the first thing they notice in a commercial about a breakfast cereal is that the mother and father don't share the same race?
I have no problems with the commercial, or a mixed-race family. Love comes in all shapes and sizes, and it's truly what's on the inside that counts (personality, that is). I don't think people should be sneered at or prejudiced against for falling in love just because it bothers someone ELSE.
It's just like all the messages that came out for gay rights, and the support being shown for passing gay marriage.
I'd seen a text message someone wrote that said something like:
"If the person in front of me at a sandwich place doesn't order the same thing I'm going to order, it effects me."
Under that, the message says:
"That's what you sound like when you say that gay marriage effects you."
Same thing, in this case! Seeing a mixed-race family on TV has NOTHING to do with you! Okay, sure, if you were raised to be against it, you go ahead and remain ignorant and close-minded, just keep it to yourself! Actually, it wouldn't hurt to expand your horizons, but whatever; if someone doesn't want to open their mind and expand their horizons, it's wasted breath and time.
Ya know what? I wish someone would make a sitcom based around a mixed-race family...maybe throw in a kid with autism, too, and get it ALL right. Push the boundaries, and shove it in the face of the world to tolerate people who are different.
People are so afraid of it that they avoid and shun it...well, bring it out into the open! As long as all the facts are right and everyone is represented properly, I think this should be done! Do something controversial...wave these things in people's faces!
Don't antagonize them, but do it in a way where they can see that maybe they don't need to hate or fear all these folks that are different! Change conceptions! I'd totally be on board something like that!