Thursday, August 27, 2009

Microsoft goes hard: Racism in advertising

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Microsoft swapped out a black man's head for a white man's head because they felt the people of Poland would not be able to relate to a black person in a business meeting. I know that there aren't a lot of Blacks in Poland, but that isn't giving Polish people a lot of credit. They cite racism in Poland as the cause. Really. Perhaps it's racism in the people making the creative decisions that is the cause? I suspect there's no causal link between advertisers who dare to determine what people can and cannot imagine, and racism against blacks that is a mainstay in Poland. I guess the Microsoft folks never thought that this ad with a black person in it could send a message of equality. Instead they cater to the familiar — racism in advertising and society.

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