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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.
Why?
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!
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minecrafroger Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wornning, i'm going to rant that will envoves a lot of cussing and refrenses to the bible.
*takes a deep breth* WHAT THE F!@#, WHO GIVES A D!@# ABOUT RACE, ALL OF YOU RACES PEOPLE CAN JUST SUCK IT!
love is love, it's dosent matter if your african, ashien, concashon, native amarican, from/family the middle east, or a Jew, and grabing your shock gun becuse there's a mix family in the comershole, even if this was 1950s BERMEHAM ALABAMA OR TEXES IT'S INEXCUSABLE! 
AND ALSO WHAT'S THE POINT, IT'S JUST A WAST OF ENERGY HATTING SOMEONE FOR NO GOOD REASON!
under the eyes of god, all that matters is wether you belive in hem, and in my eyes, all that matters is your persanalaty.
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minecrafroger Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i remember that vidio!
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HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My brother (white) and sister-in-law (black) are a mixed race couple so that sort of thing has never really been an issue with my family. My brother used to be an atheltic superstar on the football feild as a kid and got the nickname "Wheels". My mom is always joking that he couldn't run fast enough becuase Cupid was able to get him.  Before he met this girl when they were both in the Navy, he was one of the most racist people you could ever meet. Regardless of her race, that girl sure had an impact on him because before he met her my brother was never really that nice to me; specficaly for things that I had no control of in the first place because of being autistic. Maybe he realised that patronizing your little sister for being obsessed with one particualr type of animal dosen't make you that attractive to a girl. Anyhow, something about that girl changed him.
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mdchan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm glad she made him change for the better!
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HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! He dosen't date her anymore but that's because they are married and have two kids. One brother made me loose a lot of respect for him by a comment he made about me not trying hard enough because he thinks that if I can remember everything about the Kalahari Desert and meerkats, than I should be able to remember the multliplication tables. So how hard does a person have to try in order to master something they cannot? And it's not like I ever had any control over what became a special intrest (such as meerkats) and what did not. They just did. Anyway when that brother said that I was so hurt I never spoke to him again and never plan too until he makes a genuine apology; but the brother who was formally a bully steped in as my cheerleader and "soft place to fall" and had he not learned whatever it was that girl taught him, I doubt he ever would have.
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little-shining-fox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
*facepalms* You know, I wish people would stop freaking caring about what people look like and start acting a bit more color blind. I mean, come on folks grow up. As a kid my closest and most cherished friend who was more of an older brother to me, was mixed race and I saw NO DIFFERENCE in him at all. Seeing people act like this just makes me angry to no end.
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HGWizard Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, That wolf dog thingy is absolutely right.

Preach it wolf/dog thingy!
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Religion0 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My favourite argument from the racist was someone saying that now, I'm not racist, but mixed marriages will cause the Caucasian race to go extinct! Why can't every race just go back to their own continent! And then something about God, I think. The Christians really aren't having any luck with their promos these days.

Anyway, I love that argument. It's all about the preservation of the white race, not hatred on all the other races (who could just have stayed at home, damn it! :crying:), completely ignoring that most people are attracted to what they're used to, meaning people of the same race, and the fact that white people far outweigh black people in Europe, so I don't know what that American usurper is talking about. Give America back to the Natives, mofo!

^Satire.
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The-Badger-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
I just watched the controversial Cheerios ad. You right and as always, Kairy proves a point [you do anyway]. He looks so cute in the first panel though.
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mdchan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks!
I saw it again on TV during the commercials that played in between the last episode of Top Shot, so I'm glad it's also still on TV.  Nothing wrong with the commercial at all.
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