What else is The Potty Dance teaching our kids?

Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 8:38 am ET

Kissed With Apocalypse, Social Commentary, The Rest

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Hey, if you haven’t heard of The Potty Dance yet, wake up and join modern society, okay? This thing may or may not be sweeping the nation as you read (at least amongst those with kids that have yet to master the complex intricacies associated with socially acceptable urination and bowel movements), and we certainly don’t want you experiencing that awkward exchange in line at Starbucks when one of your friends from yoga class randomly brings up how “Lil Matt” was doing the “Poo-Poo Dance” the other night (reputations get hurt that way).

The problem is, despite how fantastic this thing is (and it really is fantastic, isn’t it?), there’s still a subtle, yet quite troubling undercurrent present in it all (which we highlight after the jump (and it actually has nothing to do with those creepy firemen))

It all starts around the 45 second mark, with that lovely “Asian” family you see doing The Potty Dance there.  Precious, huh?  But what about that color they’re all decked out in?  Yellow.  Unh huh.

Next up we have a nice multi-racial family unit, apparently from Paris, France. But let’s face it; we’re still not to the point where those kids will generally be recognized as anything other than “Black,” or “African-American,” or whatever the term du jour may be.  And what color are they donning?  Purple.

How about those “Indians” we get to see doin’ their best Potty Dance soon after in front of the Taj Mahal?  Red.  Bit of a curve there, eh, but is this really happening?

Where’s the white bread?  Oh, yeah.  They’re up next…in the boring “Tan” segment.  Coincidence?  Most likely.

Still, just when you thought things couldn’t get any more suspiciously culturally and ethnically stereotypical, not to mention obscenely politically correct, the Pull-Ups people decided they were gonna try and be ultra progressive…by including a robot family.  I mean, I actually applaud them for that addition, but have we as a 21st Century society really not come any further than the classic, and absurdly offensive, tin foil-wrapped cardboard box, sauce pan on the head, “Silver Face” representation of Mechanical-Americans?  Has the brand’s slogan changed to “I’m a Bigot Now,” or something?  Disgraceful.

Haven’t we learned that these archaic images simply aren’t, or at least shouldn’t be, acceptable?  Least not to children.  Or perhaps we’re simply doomed to repeat the same mistakes we’ve been making for 100’s of years…

Al Jolson, Jazz Singer Black Face Classic example of
Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's robot from Lost in Space
Apu from The Simpsons
Bender from Futurama
TerminatorThe Governator

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